Ship in A Bottle Day - October 4
Tue, Oct 4, 2022

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, was surprised – how is this possible? However, art has a secret, and we will talk about this further.


Ship in A Bottle Day was celebrated for the first time in 2013. October 4th is not an easy date, 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 on long journeys. It’s nice that now the younger generation has taken over this occupation!

It is clear that the ship is too large to penetrate 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 gently straighten the creation with a successful attempt. In order for the work to come out neat, you need to study a lot of technical points, materials, proportions and sizes. Hobby is not for everyone, it requires angelic patience and accuracy.

Fun facts

Perhaps, we will dwell on the most striking moment. Despite the fact that the occupation has existed for more than one century, many people still do not understand how the miniature of the ship is inside the bottle. Some come up with interesting options – 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 celebrate

Some ideas:

  • look at master classes on the Internet or sign up for in-person training specialists – in many cities there are special classes where those who wish get acquainted with hobbies;
  • 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 that you are ready to compete with like-minded people, 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 the interior.

When is Ship in A Bottle Day in 2022?

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


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday October 4 2022
Wednesday October 4 2023
Friday October 4 2024
Saturday October 4 2025
Sunday October 4 2026

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