Nelson’s Ship

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There is something about a ship in a bottle that remains appealing, even centuries after sailors crafted them on long voyages at sea.  The most impressive one that I have ever seen can be found at the National Maritime Museum. The sculpture was created by Yinka Shonibare and is a scaled down replica of HMS Victory, the ship captained by Nelson.

It was originally commissioned by the Mayor of London for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and was installed there until January 2012. I missed it when it was gone and it was a wonderful surprise to find it in its new home at the Museum. There is an excellent video about the creation of the work at the following link:

www.rmg.co.uk/visit/exhibitions/nelsons-ship-in-a-bottle

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