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image004.jpg“Back in 1957, the port of Amsterdam was a pretty active one.  As a boy of 7 years I saw the ships coming in and going out.  I was impressed and I made my decision “I wanted to be a sailor.”  After graduating high school I joined the navy in 1968.  Over the next six years I served on 3 different submarines as a radio operator. In 1974 I left the service and started to work at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport where I am still employed.  

As a birthday present a friend of mine gave me a ship in a bottle. The sea was made of window putty but unfortunately he didn’t give it enough time to dry. So after a short while, the model began disappearing in a cloud of green/grey mold. That was the start of my own career as SIB-builder.  In 1986, I bottled my first ship a tiny “Botter” (Dutch fishing boat). Today, there is always a ship on the slipway and to date I have built 58 as of this writing.”       

Building Le Renard.jpgHenny Fransen, September 28, 2006   Henny, pictured here, is a ship in bottle builder and active member and participant in the Dutch Association of Ships in Bottles Association. In the Association, he serves as Editor of "WELKOM AAN BOORD," the official publication of the Dutch Association. Henny receives and edits articles from around the world to include in this periodical. The map on the right shows Henny’s homeland, and an area talked about in the description of the Botter, a Dutch Fishing Ship.

Plans and Tips by Henny Fransen

Bottles by Henny Fransen


Click on a picture to view the bottle and description in the Gallery

Bottle ID: 468

Bottle ID: 469

Bottle ID: 476

Bottle ID: 481

Bottle ID: 482

Bottle ID: 501

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Bottle ID: 520

Bottle ID: 532

Bottle ID: 573

Bottle ID: 586

Bottle ID: 591

Bottle ID: 632

Bottle ID: 1119

Bottle ID: 1242

Bottle ID: 1244

Bottle ID: 1375

Bottle ID: 1376

Bottle ID: 1377

Bottle ID: 1378

Bottle ID: 1467

Bottle ID: 1468

Bottle ID: 1469

Bottle ID: 1471


Other examples of this Artist's work - Click on a picture to enlarge