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Bottles n' Crocks n' Pipes - Oh My!

Discussion in 'Underwater Treasures' started by DeepSeaDan, Dec 29, 2020.

  1. DeepSeaDan

    DeepSeaDan Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Ontario, Canada
    Just a few pics of some of my favourite finds - enjoy:

    Very rare gravitating stopper style soda bottle, circa 1870


    Round-bottom soda bottle, circa 1880

    Merchant's medicine bottle, Buffalo, N.Y., circa 1880


    An assortment of clay smoking pipes & stems


    Possible cream pitcher, likely made in Staffordshire England, in the style known as "Pearlware" - circa 1820

    Very rare "Anodyne Oil" medicine bottle, Buffalo, N.Y., pontiled, circa 1870

  2. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Florida
    That is awesome! I want to come scavenge there.
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  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Those are fabulous.
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  4. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Massachusetts
    May I ask how deep under the muck you find these things? I’m guessing these perfect items are not laying above muck in plain site?
  5. DeepSeaDan

    DeepSeaDan Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Ontario, Canada
    Hi Bubblesong,

    I've found items on natural bottom, under logs, on top of logs, on top of rock piles, under rock piles, shoulder-deep into the muck, lying on top of sand - you name it, I've found something there!

    The ones I've found on top of poured rock ( road builders and others like to pour their waste rock into / onto river banks; the cascading rock pour must push a few bottles up into the water column, where they then float back down and settle amongst the broken rock ), I consider those bottles to be extremely lucky finds - the Merchants bottle pictured was on top of newly / recently poured rock.

    The relative cleanliness of the bottles is a function of the water and bottom conditions; for example, the J Broad bottle pictured was found laying on a small patch of sand, next to the ballast rock of a very old dock, in 3.5' of water! The surrounding lake bottom is very soft and goo-like; had the bottle been tossed into that stuff, it would have been forever lost. The Montreal round-bottom bottle was found in 2' of semi-solid goo, in about 15' of water. Bottles can be hidden in sand; river currents can move sand, sometimes revealing bottles - those bottles are almost perfectly clean. Most that I find require a lot of elbow grease, detergents and bottle brushes to get clean.

  6. calabash digger

    calabash digger ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Calabash N.C.
    Very nice finds!! The rivers are always changing...Dive there one day nothing the next week after a storm hit a homerun.
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  7. DeepSeaDan

    DeepSeaDan Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Ontario, Canada
    Hello CD!

    Just to prove your point - this siphon wasn't "there" on my previous dive, then the area suffered an intense flash-flood. The bottom topography was completely changed on my next dive; where once was nothing, now stood a jumble of large logs, brush and other debris - on top of it all, was this siphon! I'd only ever found small pieces of one previously, how this one survived we'll never know, but I was very pleased it did!


    I look forward to seeing more of your finds - those onion bottles you found were awesome!

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  8. mattherat

    mattherat Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: everywhere
    They are some amazing finds! Thank you for sharing!
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  9. shoredivr

    shoredivr Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ontario
    Are these From the St Lawrence, or some of the smaller rivers to the north? What a great collection! More please
  10. DeepSeaDan

    DeepSeaDan Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Ontario, Canada
    The St. Lawrence has to be the greatest depository of old glass & much more, as it's such a historical waterway, but things can be found in most lakes and rivers - anywhere that people have settled. The reality is, it takes a lot of diving and very patient searching to be rewarded. Great finds are the exception, much the same as metal detecting. I'm lucky in that I just enjoy being underwater, so every hunt, regardless of the "day's catch", is wonderful time spent.


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