Torpedo bottles as ballast

EJ Zander

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I dug a large old bottle dump years ago and found many (as in boxes of) torpedo bottles. I grew up near the water and several old ports were near by. The dump was located yards off a then major roadway leading away from the water.This gave rise from locals that the bottles were used as ballast given the pointy bottoms. I read that these were ginger ale bottles from England and the ballast theory is unsubstantiated. The bottles were blown with air bubbles in the glass. Have any of you come across the bottles in your research?
Here is an example with source link. Mine had no markings what so ever.
https://sha.org/bottle/soda.htm
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Carronade

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I dug a large old bottle dump years ago and found many (as in boxes of) torpedo bottles. I grew up near the water and several old ports were near by. The dump was located yards off a then major roadway leading away from the water.This gave rise from locals that the bottles were used as ballast given the pointy bottoms. I read that these were ginger ale bottles from England and the ballast theory is unsubstantiated. The bottles were blown with air bubbles in the glass. Have any of you come across the bottles in your research?
Here is an example with source link. Mine had no markings what so ever.
https://sha.org/bottle/soda.htm
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Nice find, but I can't imagine using hollow glass bottles as ballast. Ballast needed to be heavy and dense, like stone or iron.
 

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