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This page contains information regarding Star Trek: Picard, and thus may contain spoilers.

For the TNG episode with a similar title, please see "Ship in a Bottle".
"Ships in bottles. Great fun."
– Miles O'Brien, 2366 ("Booby Trap")

A ship in a bottle was a type of model ship built inside a bottle. Constructing such models was a hobby among some Humans.

Picard's Promellian battle cruiser in a bottle

Captain Jean-Luc Picard built many airship (and apparently starship) models in bottles as a child.

In 2366, he referred to the Promellian battle cruiser Cleponji to Commander William T. Riker as "the ship in the bottle," as it was fully intact and preserved, and after explaining the concept, surmised that he probably had a Promellian battle cruiser model in his collection as well. The reference was lost on Riker, as well as on Lieutenant Commander Data and Lieutenant Worf, none of whom had built ships in bottles as children. Transporter Chief Miles O'Brien, however, replied– to Riker and Worf's disbelief– that he had built them, describing the practice as being "great fun." (TNG: "Booby Trap") In fact, by 2401, Picard had on display a version of this model in his library at Château Picard, and which had actually been in his possession since his erly childhood. (PIC: "The Star Gazer", "Hide and Seek")

In 2368, in making the case for her and other colonists leaving Moab IV, Hannah Bates asked Captain Picard if he would ever choose to live in a ship in a bottle, stating that he lived to explore the unknown and they were asking for the same privilege. (TNG: "The Masterpiece Society")

Joe Carey's ship-in-a-bottle model of USS Voyager

Lieutenant Joe Carey was building a model of the USS Voyager, the ship to which he was assigned, in a bottle up until his death in 2378. At the time of his demise, he had almost completed the model and only had one nacelle left to finish. (VOY: "Friendship One")

This was a modified and repainted Christmas ornament released by Hallmark in 1996.

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