Saltwater Sean Presents: A “Blob-Top” Rare Bottle From The 1800s!

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Saltwater Sean headed out to Prospect Wharf, Nova Scotia to do some underwater exploring and clean up.

Prospect Nova Scotia is a rural Canadian coastal village in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the Chebucto Peninsula. Roughly 23 kilometres (14 mi) southwest of Halifax, it borders the Atlantic Ocean. With almost 300 houses, the population is just over 600 residents. Fishermen at Prospect Hill captured an American Privateer and 23 crew members during the American Revolution.

The Prospect Government Wharf is perfect for new divers due to the depth and provides easy access for entry into the water. Be advised that parking is limited. This place is also known for being fairly quiet and quick to enter/exit the water, but maybe a little more difficult at low tide (little winds). Depending on the tide, this location has an average depth of 15ft (4.75m) to 25ft (7.62m). Crabs, lobster, sculpin and flounder make their home here.

A diving flag is recommended during the summer boating season as the waterway can be busy. Divers dive all year round here. Summer visibility is normally 32 feet (10m), but winter can be phenomenal having reached 131 feet (40m) once. The fascinating dive is along the cove’s flanks, where the rocky shore of granite dips down to the soft gravel floor. It can be muddy or sandy in certain regions, away from the margins. The inner flanks of the islands that protect the harbour have nice territories underwater.

About the “Blob Top Bottle”

A new and distinct bottle design emerged on the scene during the late 1830s to early 1840s known as the “Blob Top Bottles”. The name “blob-top soda” became commonly known, though the term was never used by bottle makers. In 1839 when Eugene Roussel (Philadelphia, PA.) bottled lemon flavoured soda water (McKearin & Wilson 1978) these bottles were used. The “Blob Tope Bottles” came in diverse sizes, blue and green colours and contained mineral/soda water. To withstand the gaseous pressure of the product itself, the bottles had to be made of relatively heavy/thick glass.

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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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