Cutting the Gordian Knot: The History and Process of Building Ships in Bottles

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Autumn Roush (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Joshua Kalin Busman, Ph.D.

Abstract: If you go to any tourist gift shop near the coast you’re sure to find a plethora of assorted trinkets and souvenirs. The impossible “ship in a bottle” is a classicspecimen. But how did that tradition get started? In this project, I set out to research the origins of this obscure craft, learn the secret behind the process, and last but not least, actually build one myself. The paper includes a brief introduction, a historical section, and a section documenting my process. I wrap up with a section on some of the differences between building a model ship with and without the benefit of modern tools, and close with some personal reflections. This project was full of unexpected turns. Many of the areas I thought would be difficult were not actually as hard as they seemed. Some parts I thought would be easy, but in fact presented unforseen challenges. Overall, the work was completely worthwhile, and it was an incredibly rewarding experience.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2021
Ship in a Bottle, Souvenirs, Art, Tourist,

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