Lake Erie Beach Glass Treasures
by Suzanne Reichert
Lake Erie Marbles
~ sea glass photos submitted by Suzanne Reichert, Cleveland,Ohio U.S.
Lake Erie varied sea glass finds
These have all been found along Lake Erie. ~ sea glass photos submitted by Suzanne Reichert, Cleveland,Ohio U.S.
Lake Erie is the unfortunate resting place of hundreds of shipwrecks over the years of its long history.
I was doing some research specifically about shipwrecks and the possibility of beach glass locations in the Cleveland area. I found that there are a number of known shipwreck locations and checked out the reports. However, I found that these ships were as a whole carrying grain, sand, iron ore, or timber, none of which scores a high possiblity of treasures for sea glass hunters.
On the other hand, I ran across some glass source information of a different type, bottle works.
When you are checking out areas for beach glass, it is natural to look for glass manufacturers along a coastline, since there is a certain amount of waste which is dumped during the course of manufacturing glassware. One of these industries is bottle makers or bottle works.
I ran across an interesting possible source of beach glass for those of you who live in the Southern Lake
Approximately due north of Sandusky (between Cleveland and Toledo) is a group of islands generally known as the Erie Islands.
One of the islands, South Bass Island, was the home of a bottlemaking company called Put-in-Bay Bottling Works. One of the original buildings of this compay is now the home of the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum. I really couldn't find any more information about this company. A visit to the area's beaches may or may not turn up some interesting beach glass.
Click on this image of a bottle from the Put-in-Bay Bottling Works
Back on the mainland at the south end of Lake Erie, there were many other bottling companies in Ohio; for example, the Sandusky Bottling Works. A little research could turn up a bottling company that was located on a still-existing shoreline near you that might produce some beach glass.
~ added by David and Lin at Odyssey Sea Glass
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