Ship in A Bottle Day - October 4
Wed, Oct 4, 2023

Ship in A Bottle Day

Ship in A Bottle Day is a celebration of amazing and original craftsmanship. Each of us, looking at the bottle in which the ship is organically placed, is filled with wonder – how is this possible? However, art has its own secrets, and we will talk about them further.


Ship in A Bottle Day was celebrated for the first time in 2013. October 4th is not chosen by chance; it is timed to coincide with the birthday of Jack Hickley, who founded the Ship in a Bottle Association in the United States. It is believed that the first unusual crafts were made by sailors in the 18-19th century to pass the time during long journeys. It is heartening that the younger generation has taken up this hobby!

It is clear that the ship is too large to fit through the neck of the bottle. They build it outside, and only then they place it in a glass harbor. It is placed in a compressed state, while the mast and sails are conveniently folded back – all that remains is to carefully straighten the creation with a successful attempt. In order for the work to come out neat, one must study many technical points, materials, proportions, and sizes. This hobby is not for everyone; it requires exacting patience and accuracy.

Fun facts

Let us take a moment to look at the most striking aspect of this craft. Despite the fact that it has existed for more than a century, many people still do not understand how the miniature of the ship is inside the bottle. Some come up with interesting theories – for example, that the bottom of the bottle is somehow removed, and at the end of the work, it is installed in place.

How to take part

If you wish to take part, here are some ideas:

  • Look at master classes on the Internet or sign up for in-person training with specialists – in many cities, there are special classes where those who wish get acquainted with the hobby;
  • Create a product with your family – it is always more fun to do interesting things together. Take a photo of your creations and share them on social networks;
  • If you feel confident enough, take part in competitions – they are held all over the world;
  • Visit museums.

Specialty stores or individuals often sell models – why not collect or add a unique piece to your interior?

When is Ship in A Bottle Day in 2023?

Ship in A Bottle Day is observed on October 4 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday October 4 2023
Friday October 4 2024
Saturday October 4 2025
Sunday October 4 2026

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