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"The world's still the same. There's just...less in it."
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Blackbeard's collection of ships in bottles.

"He keeps each ship as a prize. You help me, and I promise you your pick. Though I think I know the one you will choose."
Black Pearl in a bottle? Why is the Black Pearl in a bottle?"
Angelica and Jack Sparrow[src]

These ships in bottles were captured sailing vessels that appear in a glass bottle by the infamous pirate captain Blackbeard. In this state, the shrunken ship would sail on a shrunken, churning ocean.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The name "Ships in Bottles" is based on the caption "Various Ships in Bottles from Blackbeard's collection" from a display for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.[1]
  • For On Stranger Tides, Industrial Light & Magic decided on a more dramatic approach to have the ships look like they're frozen in time at the moment of capture.
  • For the effect of shrinking ships in bottles, this involved setting up simulations in San Francisco by Chris Foreman and then working with Mohen Leo and the Singapore team, who executed most of the shots. ILM's visual effects supervisor Ben Snow explains:
    "Initially, we just thought that the ships would be affected by the light in the room that they're in. But then this idea came to have the ships look like they're frozen in time at the moment of capture: in battle or in a snowstorm in the Arctic or in a storm at sea. The art department made several bottles with real model ships inside. For the wider shots, we replaced our key ones of those and essentially added movement to some of the others. And then as we got closer, they became fully CG. We even played with macro photography on some shots."[2]
  • These ships in bottle were apparently inspired by the real-world impossible bottle containing a model ship.
  • Speculation of the Black Pearl being a ship in a bottle arose while filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was underway in July 2010. It was made ever since they saw Johnny Depp (Jack Sparrow) holding a bottle on set of On Stranger Tides.[3] This was shown to be true as revealed in the film.[4]
  • Despite Jack and Gibbs getting all of Blackbeard's ship in bottles in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, only the Black Pearl is seen or mentioned in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.


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