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An Eye Into Maritime History
Photograph by Odyssey Marine Exploration Staff

Once destined for post–Civil War consumers, a glass bottle lies framed by a porthole at the wreck site. More than 700 bottles of some 50 different types have been recovered so far by Odyssey Marine Exploration, the Florida-based company that's salvaging the wreck. The bottles represent the needs and wants of a nation coming out of war: alcohol (often disguised as medicine), pickles, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, ink, berries, and elixirs. Some of the ship's bottles and other artifacts will be shown around the world and eventually reside in a museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon 995
Film Type: Digital
Lens: Variable
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: 1,700 feet (500 meters) under water
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Underwater HMI (halogen metal iodide) lights
Special Equipment or Comments: The image was made from a remotely controlled Nikon 995 digital camera in an underwater housing and shot by Odyssey staff members during operations. The camera was mounted on an ROV.

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