About this object

Leader was pilot boat No.2 in Liverpool from 1856-1897. In 1881 Leader famously led a fleet of ships into the port during a heavy storm.

This ship-in-bottle was made by Des Newton in 1988, whilst demonstrating the art of ship-bottling at the museum. the model is inside a dimple-shaped whisky bottle.

Leader was sold to the Preston Pilotage Service in 1897, based on the River Ribble. Today the main mast is used as a flagpole at a bowling green near Preston docks.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Leader pilot boat
  • Accession no.
  • Type
    Model; ship-in-bottle
  • Artist/Maker
    Des Mr Newton
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
  • Materials
    Glass; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    105 mm x 110 mm x 210 mm
  • Related people
    Des Mr Newton (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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