- Sep 24, 2019
Round bottoms, uh, better not say it!
You did see the words "also doubled", didn't you? Of course, the primary use was cargo! I never said they were "chosen" as ballast, but their placement in the cargo hold of the ships would have a stabilizing effect, regardless.The "ballast" idea is a myth. Think about it. Why would anyone choose bottles as ballast? They were CARGO!
I always found these crown top round bottoms to be weird, I can't imagine that the round bottom had any benefit to a crown top bottle unless it was stored for an extremely long amount of time. I'm guessing that by the early 20th century the round base form was just associated with ginger ale. Probably why you start seeing bottles around that time which have nearly rounded bases but can still stand up on their own.