Date Added: 07 July 2018
Turtle ships (Korean: Geobukseon) were warships mainly used during the Japanese invasion war between 1592 and 1598. These flat, barge-like vehicles were between 30 and 37 metres long and had lower, tween and upper decks, cabins and storerooms on the lower deck, rowers on the tween deck and cannons and soldiers on the upper deck. The roof was also armoured with iron plates and spearheads to defend against boarding attacks. The turtle ship was powered by sails and, in combat, by eight oars on each side, operated by a total of eighty rowers. A wooden dragon's head and a naval ram shaped like a face protruded from the bow. For such an unusual ship in a bottle, a suitable stand was first needed: for this purpose a turtle was created, it consists of styrofoam and cardboard in the core, modelled over it with a two-component spatula and then painted with bronze paint. Basswood was used to build the fourfold divided hull. The masts and spreader battens of the sails are carved from the ribs of a palm leaf, the dragon's head is made of boxwood. The latter and the combat platform at the stern of the ship as well as the bases of the masts were only mounted in the bottle. The sea consists of a mixture of gypsum and window putty dyed with oil paint, the bottle neck is closed with a fourfold beaten Turkish waistband with five bays and fivefold yarn guide.