MAS-D100197: MAS-D100197; Kent; Bottle; Image 1 of 2

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Unique ID: MAS-D100197

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Six glass gin bottles. 'Case gin' or 'taper gin' bottles have a square cross section that means that packing became more effective than with round bottles. The bodies taper wider towards a sharp shoulder, short neck and a champagne finish. The bottles are olive green in colour, and are in a fair condition despite encrusting towards the neck. This shape and style of bottle originated in and was commonly made in Europe at least as early as the mid-17th century. These examples do not exhibit the bevelled corners generally seen on bottles of the 1860s or later and may therefore be earlier 19th century ( accessed January 2019).


All of these items were recovered from the wreck ​Loanda. Built in 1891 at Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria) by the Naval Construction and Armaments Co., Loanda was a two-masted screw-driven steamer owned by the British and African Steam Navigation Co. On 31 May 1908, following a collision with SS Junona, Loanda foundered while under tow 1 mile east of St Margaret's at Cliffe, Kent. At the time of loss, the vessel was bound from Hamburg, Germany, to West Africa with a general cargo. This cargo, which has seen significant recovery by divers, included: clay pipes; bottles of wine and gin; glass beads; perfume bottles; pencils, writing slates and inkpots; lamps; and teacups, lids, dishes, pots, saucers, plates, jugs and eggcups. NRHE and Kent HER reference numbers cited in this record refer to the wreck of Loanda.

This item was found with 16 clay pipes (MAS-D100196) and fragments of a porcelain cup (MAS-D100198).

Class: Container
Sub class: Food and liquid storage container

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder

Wreck details

Droit number: 136/18


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 6

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 24th June 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: P T

Other reference numbers

NRHE monument number: 901835
Other reference: Kent HER Number: TR 34 SE 108; TR 45 NE 256; TR 34 SE 112
Droit ID: 136/18

Materials and construction

Primary material: Glass
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR3844
Four figure Latitude: 51.1457526
Four figure longitude: 1.4013985
1:25K map: TR3844
1:10K map: TR34SE
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Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Diving
Discovery circumstances: Loanda
Current location: With finder

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: MAS
Created: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Updated: Thursday 26th March 2020

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