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This ship in a bottle was created by Petersburg fisherman Ole Sjursen as a gift to the Norberg family when their eldest daughter Alice was born in 1913. Inside the bottle is the depiction of a barque anchored in front of a village of red roofed houses. Printed on the bow of the barque is the name Alice.

'Impossible bottles,' a traditional form of maritime art, were popular gifts during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. They were commonly whittled by sailors as an enjoyable way to pass time at sea. Each bottle required calculation, precision, artistry, and patience.

Carefully crafted outs...


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