This small but gloriously illustrated softcover book presents the colorful examples from an amazing find of 19th-century bottles in a shipwreck in the deep Atlantic, 100 miles off the coast of Georgia. The bottles were en route to New Orleans in October 1865, just months after the end of the Civil War. They reveal a time capsule of bottled goods of the times - from popular herbal bitters (with their high alcoholic content) to quack medicines (Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup for Children) to condiments, fruit preserves, hair tonics, writing inks, perfumes, beer and wine, and much more.
The author is Curator of Collections for Odyssey Marine Exploration, the shipwreck recovery and marine archaeology company that discovered the wreck of the SS Republic in 2003. She lives in Tampa, Florida.
Bottles from the Deep
Patent Medicines, Bitters, & Other Bottles
from the Wreck of the Steamship Republic
by Ellen C. Gerth
Shipwreck Heritage Press
Pub Date: August 2006
List Price: $12.00
112 pp. 7" x 7", softcover
Bottle collector's imaginations are fired by thoughts of finding the mother lode, that dump or that privy that produces a volume of great bottles. For the majority of us such a picture is more fiction than fact, but for a few the dream has become a reality and a business as well. John Morris and Greg Stemm, founders of Odyssey Marine Explorations, have been in business for twenty years. After exploring hundreds of shipwrecks, in 2003, one hundred miles off the coast of Georgia, they discovered the wreck of the SS Republic, a side wheel steam ship,. Bound for New Orleans, it had sunk in 1865 in a hurricane - its remains buried by 1,700 feet of water. The retrieval of its artifacts would prove a daunting task requiring a crew of technicians, engineers and archaeologists. The cargo they hoped to find was the reported $400,000 in gold and silver coins.
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