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Maritime History Bottle Find by Saltwater Sean

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Saltwater Sean was completely taken aback by his latest bottle discovery. This is a genuine piece of maritime history, and he is thrilled to share it with you all.

After all this time, the bottle is still intact, and I discovered it while cleaning up the river. I still can’t believe it.


In Nova Scotia, Henry William Glendinning was either the first (or one of the first) to bottle soda water. He began producing soda water in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in 1836.

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Nova Scotia’s Historic Pop/Glass Industry

The soda water industry began in Nova Scotia around 1836. Wm. H. Glendinning established the first business in Dartmouth. In 1856, a few more soda companies opened in Halifax. In 1867, Wm. H Glendinning relocated to New Glasgow and established a factory. This company was passed down through the family and grew to be one of the largest in the province. Humphreys Glass W manufactured all of the bottles used by this well-known company.

Bottles in the nineteenth century were mostly made of glass. They came in a variety of colours, sizes, and shapes. Free blown bottles were the most popular bottles to collect at the time.

Making and developing free blown bottles simplified the manufacturing process. As a result of the process, bottles could be produced more efficiently and quickly. A small melted ball of glass was gathered at the flared end of a long hollow metal rod to make one of these bottles. The glass was blown by mouth from the other end of the rod until it formed a bottle shape. For over 2000 years, the free blown method has been used.

Regardless of the type of bottle, the older it is, the more valuable it is. A coloured bottle is worth more than a colourless one. Pure red, dark purple, and teal blue bottles are the most rare. A red bottle was extremely expensive and was reserved for high-end liquors or colognes.

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Snorkel Report

Water Temperature was 16 degree Celsius (60 degree F)

Depth 3 feet Maximum


A great find indeed, Sean!

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Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

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