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Hundreds of antique bottles found on shipwreck in Gulf of Finland

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Hundreds of antique bottles found on shipwreck in Gulf of Finland


08.08.2020

Photo credit: courtesy of the Central Information Center of the Russian Geographical Society

An interesting find was made by divers during the study of an old ship discovered at the bottom of the Gulf of Finland, RIA Novosti reports.

The Russian Geographical Society, which organized the expedition, said that they found many glass bottles in the hold. There were several hundred of them: narrow and wide, factory-made and handmade. The Russian Geographical Society noted that the glass industry of the 18th century is represented on the ship in all its diversity.

The ship itself was noticed by the seamen of the Baltic Fleet by accident. This happened two years ago near the Moshchny Island.  Detailed studies of the vessel began a few days ago. Presumably, it was heading to St. Petersburg, where it was carrying a cargo of alcoholic beverages.

The contents of the bottles have not survived to this day, but some of them are clearly marked with the indication of the drink. Several bottles smell of pine needles, eucalyptus.

Researchers from the Russian Geographical Society have already contacted colleagues from the Hermitage museum, but there are no such vessels in the collection of the largest Russian museum. The exact age of the vessel and its route will be determined after working with archival documents.

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