Nearly 400 beer bottles were recovered from the wreck site of the SS Republic in varying shades of green, amber, blue and black glass. The majority are in the “export beer shape” popular from 1860-1880 with an approximate capicity of a pint. The dark coloration helped block out any light that would lead to spoilage and the dense glass made them substantial enough to be refilled multiple times.
Although by the time of the Civil War lager, described as an effervescent malt beverage, accounted for half of the beer made in America it is likely most bottles on the SS Republic held ales, porters or stouts. These stronger beer types had higher levels of alcohol and hop oil creating natural antibacterial properties that enabled them to keep for some months without spoiling.
The large amount of beer along with wine and other liquors shipped on the SS Republic was likely headed to stock the reinvigorated saloons of post-war New Orleans.
Whereas every effort has been made to choose the best examples of shipwreck artifacts for our collectors, some blemishes and imperfections will be evident due to the harsh conditions the pieces have been subjected to during their years in the deep ocean.
SS Republic Beer Bottle
Green Bottle approximately 20.5 cm tall
Black Bottle approximately 22.8 cm tall
- Display stand with engraved SS Republic plaque
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Bottles from the Deep book
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