Now coated with sediment, ceramic plates and glassware hint at livelier days before the ship went down. The bottles would have held gin, stout, ale, porter, and wine. The plates were "likely creamware"—bone-colored pottery that was "a popular British export" in the early 19th century, said BOEM scientist Jack Irion.
Among the creamware at the Gulf of Mexico wreck site is a variety called pearl ware, in this case with scalloped, green-tinted edges—another British export widely distributed between 1800 and 1830.
The plates are among the clues to the wreck's age—assuming they were relatively new at the time of the sinking. It's possible, Irion said, that "the particular style found on the site is somewhat earlier in date."
(Also see "Shipwreck Pictures: Civil War-era Wine, Cologne Found.")