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731 Mixon Creek Drive - Bath, NC 27808

We Completed Our Move!

Historic Bath, NC   Bath, NC - Blackbeard's Hangout

We just completed our home and office move to historic Bath, NC on the Pamlico River.  Population 250!!

Bath, NC, an historic waterfront community, was the first incorporated town in NC. Home to Blackbeard the Pirate and the oldest church in North Carolina. In Bath you will find the historic Palmer-Marsh House (c. 1751), furnished Colonial home of wealthy official, and Bonner House (c. 1830), furnished home of a Bath planter and Van Der Veer House (c. 1790). Historic Bath is one of many sites on the Historic Albemarle Tour

Our new home and office address is 731 Mixon Creek Drive, Bath, NC 27808 and we LOVE it here...!!  We fish from our dock nearly every day.  A very peaceful setting in which to conduct many of our day to day tasks.

2016 Event Calendar

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY LIVE Saturday - September 24, 2016 10:00am – 4:00pm HISTORIC BATH STATE HISTORIC SITE For Free House Tours of the Palmer-Marsh House (c. 1751) and Bonner House (c.1830), please go to the Smithsonian Museum Day Live webpage and print a ticket for our Historic Bath State Historic Site. You must bring in the ticket on the day of the event and sign up for the tours. You may also use your smart phone. The webpage is as follows:

Visitor Center Activities: Presentation on Ship-in-a-Bottle featuring Jim McCurdy Times: 10am, 11am 2pm, 3pm **Cornhusk Doll Making -Phoebe Wahab **Weaving on a tape Loom – Joey Carlton **Colonial Toys – Visitor Center Grounds Van Der Veer Activities: 15 Minute Orientation film Bath Treasures Presentation – Gillian Hookway-Jones - VDV porch Book-Binding – Hope Plantation VDV grounds Rope-Making – VDV grounds - Historic Bath Volunteers


We sold two of our bell ropes to the set decorator for Clint Eastwood’s new film "American Sniper” in theaters this coming January. Look for them in the movie! They will be used on the bells in scenes with Navy Seal Training. We also sold two of our Boatswain’s Lanyards to the set decorator for the TNT’s TV Series “The Last Ship”. The lanyards will be used in the upcoming season 2.

We are Proud to Announce our New TOLL FREE Number (855) CPO-NAVY / (855) 276-6289

We just turned up our new Toll Free number (855) CPO-Navy and are very proud of our new number ... and ...  it just keeps getting better...!


We are now able to accept all major credit cards over the phone..!!  Once we finalize the new look of our web site, we will also be accepting major credit cards for online orders placed on our secure web site!

Layaway - Now Available for orders of $100 or more.

Details of the Plan:

A $10 non-refundable service fee plus 10% Down Payment is required when placing your layaway order. Layaway orders must be placed by phone only and Layaway plan is only available for purchases $100 and above and do not include price for shipping, taxes if applicable, and fees.  Once your phone order has been received, you will be sent a PayPal invoice for the purchased items to reflect the fees and down payment.  You may make payments against your balance in any amount via PayPal until the balance has been paid.  Merchandise will not be shipped until balance due has been paid in full.  All merchandise must be paid in full by 31 December, 2014 and if you would like to receive your merchandise prior to Christmas, balance should be paid prior to 13 December in order to avoid shipping delays during the heavy volume of the holiday season.  Your purchase prices will remain fixed during your period of layaway however, if a sale price should be introduced, you will qualify for the price reduction of the sale for items already on layaway.  If balance due is not fully paid by 31 December, 2014, or your layaway is canceled by you, the items will be returned to inventory and a $10.00 fee plus a 10% restocking fee will be charged prior to issuing your PayPal refund.  If you have any questions regarding this layaway policy, please feel free to call us at (404) 964-8355 and we can assist you.

CNO Announces CPO Cutlass now Authorized for wear!


The New CPO Cutlass is now Available and can be Purchased Here! 

From now until December 31st, our cutlasses have been priced to meet or beat Navy Exchange Uniform Prices!!  Now Only $399.95

The hilt of the newly authorized CPO CutlassAnchors on bladeCPO Cutlass and Scabbard

The long anticipated return of the CPO cutlass to our navy CPO uniform is here!  The new cutlass contains laser engraved CPO, SCPO, MCPO and MCPON anchors on the base of the blade near the hand guard.  Authorized cutlasses must display these engravings if they are to be worn with the US Navy CPO uniform.

Made with Toledo steel, known since 500 BC for its superior quality was adopted by the Roman legions and royalty throughout the years.

Toledo swords, for centuries, when the issue of a fight depended not only on the personal ability of the fighter, but also on another decisive factor - the perfection of his weapon - with Toledo swords exceptional steel were forged the most terrible arms in the world. Their extraordinary hardness made of each of these Toledo swords an invincible force in the hands of an expert swordsman. All European armies knew the superior quality of Toledo steel swords and many great warriors relied only on sabers of Toledan provenance.

Their origin of the Toledo swords comes from the most ancient Spanish customs. More than 2,000 years ago, in the 5th century B.C. , Iberian blacksmiths already forged Toledo swords known as falcata which had an iron blade inside and a special design made to increase the bluntness of the slash.

Due to their fame, these Toledo swords were choosen by Hannibal for his army and the Roman legions, defeated by those weapons, adopted them later and supplied their centurions with the dread Toledan swords blades.

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For more than 30 years, CORDURA® fabrics have been selected by makers of high performance gear and apparel where durability counts. It began in 1977 with the launch of CORDURA® brand fabric made with 1000-denier air-jet textured nylon 6,6 yarns— a remarkably durable, yet practical fabric. Just a year later, JanSport® chose CORDURA® fabrics for their new line of daypacks, giving the CORDURA® brand fabric line instant credibility. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, you’ll find CORDURA® fabrics in many top brands that are known for making tough, long-lasting products. In fact, CORDURA® fabrics are trusted by many militaries around the globe. Over the years, the CORDURA® brand team has introduced a wide-range of versatile fabrics. From the classic air-jet textured nylons to ultra-lightweight high tenacity nylon and polyester fabrics, all of our fabrics are considered best-in-class for durability and performance. The future for INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand looks brighter than ever as it continues to expand into new categories, which is no surprise. After all, engineering innovative fabrics is woven deeply into the CORDURA® brand DNA.



The OR Summer Market was a very big success for us in several areas and, we are ramping up for the competition. Our Toggle Rope may give us the edge!!

The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was the world’s largest outdoor sports industry gathering in the world, bringing retailers and media together with over 1000 brands in the business of producing and selling the active outdoor lifestyle.  Our special thanks to the entire CORDURA® team  for their generosity and support (pictured below in the colorful shirts!!). 

Jim Relaxing in our Backpacker's HammockThe CORDURA(R) Team at OR Summer Market

New Product Introduction

Our own very unique Toggle Rope Toggle Rope in use
Shown above is our own creation and new addition to our growing inventory - Introducing the TOGGLE ROPE into the hammock industry.

It is no small secret that our web site and business is based on navy tradition and features items with a nautical theme.

Toggle ropes have been around for centuries in nautical applications so the idea itself is not new.  What is unique about our toggle ropes is that they are made with 550 Para cord, braided into a rope that technically, provides a breaking strength far greater than 1000 pounds, and do not require an ability to tie knots in order to use them! 

Realizing that some knots can be very difficult to tie or untie and that not everyone has mastered the art of tying them, we went to work.  With the goal of developing a Toggle Rope for practical use with hammocks and camping/outdoor use in general, we came up with what we feel is the perfect design. 

Our simple to use Toggle Rope has a loop at one end with a toggle at the other.  To sling a hammock, simply wrap the end of the rope with the eye around a tree - pass the toggle end through the eye and draw it tight.  Then pass the toggle through the eye of the hammock and pass the toggle back through itself at a point along the rope.  Simple, incredibly strong, and reliable.

Our Toggle ropes come complete with our "Commodore" and "Ensign" hammocks and are also sold separately as a set for only $35.00. 

Ship Model Club

I am looking for interested ship model builders who would like to help 'lay the keel' in starting a new ship model club in Bath, NC. 

Our yet to be named club will focus on promoting the spectacular art of ship model building.  It is not necessary to be a master model builder in order to join and those at any level of skill are welcome to participate. My personal interests are scratch-built wooden ship models.  Particularly war ships in the 1750-1812 era.  

My thoughts for an agenda are to begin meetings with a round robin 'show and tell' to give members an opportunity to share information and to show off individual projects.  This could be followed by a 'how-to' topic presented by a guest at each meeting. 

Please let me know if you are interested in helping to launch the new club or possibly becoming a founding member.


CORDURA® is a registered trademark of INVISTA for durable fabrics.

Our New Web Sites Launching

The new sites are components of THE Ship in a Bottle and were added to better align our product offerings with a more suitable web name.

Eventually it will look like this: THE Ship in a Bottle will continue to link to the new sites but will shift focus to guess what? Ships in bottles, ship in bottle kits, ship in bottle tools, and ship models.

Navy Hammocks has launched and will be the new brand for our incredible hammocks and patented toggle ropes.  Visit us at  NAVYHAMMOCKS.COM.  Mike McCurdy and his son Trevor will be running with this component of our business.  Welcome to the team.

USNAVYBELLS.COM is now active and will host our bell and bell rope offerings.  Not only are we expanding our inventory but also accepting bells for consignment sales and bell restoration services.

Last but not least, we are launching CPONAVY.COM to migrate our Vanguard Military Products (swords, cutlasses, and insignia) as well as our lanyards and rope work.  This site is still under construction but is available for general use.



Are You Interested in Ship Model Building!

  • It all starts here!

  • We are laying the keel for a ship model club in Bath, NC and are looking for participants.

  • Contact Jim via EMAIL if you are interested in participating!