You asked: “What is a ship decanter?”
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Blown glass ship decanter with clubs shaped stopper.
Decanters with the iconic heavy spreading body are traditionally known to be ship or yacht decanters. The wide base makes such decanters stable on the high seas. It follows the design of early wine and spirit bottles of a similar shape that were often used on the ships. Of course, nowadays the ship decanters are admired mostly for the design, rather than functionality.
Other popular decanter shapes: