saturation diving

“Oxygen Pete”

Inspired by the successful 1941 attacks – carried out by Italian divers riding ‘chariots’ armed with detachable explosive warheads – on the British battleships, ‘H.M.S.Queen Elizabeth’ and ‘H.M.S.Valiant’, in Alexandria Harbour, the Royal Navy began to devote greater resources to… Read More ›

The Conshelf 1 Experiment

“Under water man shall walk, Shall ride, shall sleep, shall talk”:  Prediction by Mother Shipton; 16th century prophetess  Increasing the efficiency of working divers, Dr George Bond’s concept of saturation diving (a concept in which divers would live and work… Read More ›

An Event Primer

Putting an event together is never an easy task.  At some point, despite the most meticulous planning, the human element comes into play and often manages to turn something that should have run as smoothly as a well-oiled piece of… Read More ›

The Deep Scattering Layer

First noticed during the latter stages of the Second World War when hydro-graphic survey ships equipped with echo sounders showed a ‘phantom seabed’ appearing on the graphs, the Deep Scattering Layer (DSL) often appeared many hundreds of fathoms above that… Read More ›

Keeping Dry

Hailed as a prophetic masterpiece of science-fiction when it was first published in 1869, Jules Verne’s, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, overlooked the earlier achievements of Augustus Siebe and his diving helmet and standard flexible dress. A diving breakthrough… Read More ›