History

The Red Beanie

A traditional piece of diving headgear given a fresh lease on life after becoming popularised as a diving fashion statement by Jacques Cousteau, the red woollen beanie’s association with diving dates back to the early days of standard dress diving… Read More ›

A Matter Of Honour

On 10th December 1941, the Royal Navy Battleship, HMS Prince Of Wales and the Battlecruiser, HMS Repulse, together with other vessels in the seaborne Naval,  ‘Force Z’ – deployed from Singapore into the South China Sea offshore from Kuantan, in… Read More ›

The Pearl Diver*

“Kanzo Makame, the diver, sturdy and small Japanee, Seeker of pearls and of pearl-shell down in the depths of the sea, Trudged o’er the bed of the ocean, searching industriously. Over the pearl-grounds the lugger drifted — a little white… Read More ›

The Diver Who Saved a Cathedral

With one of Europe’s largest Gothic cathedrals in danger of collapse when its 11th century foundations began to sink into the peat bed on which they rested, the authorities in charge of Winchester Cathedral, in Hampshire England, began an ambitious… Read More ›

Cutting The Cable

Adapted to meet the warmer conditions encountered in tropical climes, the XE class of midget submarines, developed by the Royal Navy during WWII, were slightly larger than the X-craft used in the attack on the German Battleship, ‘Tirpitz’, in 1943…. Read More ›