St Helens History Room hosts Boats in Bottles exhibition

VESSEL IN A VESSEL: The St Helens History Room is currently showing an exhibition of 40 model ships set in glass bottles. Pictures: Supplied
VESSEL IN A VESSEL: The St Helens History Room is currently showing an exhibition of 40 model ships set in glass bottles. Pictures: Supplied

A 62-year maritime career is being celebrated at a new exhibition at the St Helens History Room.

The exhibition showcases a private collection of 40 model boats set in glass bottles, all of which have been donated by UK-born sailor Richard Massey.

What makes the collection even more special is that each of the model ships represent a real boat Mr Massey has worked on or skippered between 1951 and his retirement in 2013. 

Having attended the Indefatigable training school in Wales, Mr Massey eventually found his way to Tasmania and finished off his maritime career by teaching a survival at sea course at the Australian Maritime College. 

The exhibition will be on display until March. 

A CAREER ON SHOW: St Helens History Room curator Kym Matthews, Richard Massey and his son James (front) at the exhibition.

A CAREER ON SHOW: St Helens History Room curator Kym Matthews, Richard Massey and his son James (front) at the exhibition.