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Category: Historical

Amelia Earhart – Diver     

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th July 2019

Words by John Lockwood Before the famous aviatrix was lost without a trace over the Pacific in 1937, “Lady Lindy” tried her hand at deep sea diving  Amelia Earhart is well known for her aeronautical feats in the 1920s and 30s and, of course, the mystery that surrounds her …

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The Big Anchor Project Makes a Splash

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th February 2019

Citizen scientists around the world are being urged to share their anchor ‘finds’ following the relaunch of an online resource that aims to be the world’s biggest public record of these iconic objects.  The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) has relaunched the popular Big Anchor Project following a generous public …

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Obituary: Rest in pieces

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th November 2018

By Jill Heinerth Sadly, the global community lost a stalwart pillar of strength when the B-15 iceberg, known to scientists as “Godzilla” passed away from natural causes. After 18 years adrift in the southern extremes of Antarctica, the final shards were reported as “no longer large enough to be …

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Hannes Keller Diving pioneer and Renaissance man

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th November 2018

Text by Hillary Hauser Fifty years ago December a 1,020-foot (311m) dive off Catalina Island, California, changed everything. Hannes Keller’s revolutionary accomplishment accelerated a new age of deep sea diving, but the daring exploration came at a price   On his sixtieth birthday Hannes Keller flew a Russian MIG …

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Rewriting the history books with the Diving Almanac

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd December 2015

The Diving Almanac is the ultimate authority on diving exploits and history, but what’s the story behind the stories? By Jeffrey Gallant I was dreaming of overnight success… Reality struck at my first DEMA Show where I met veteran publisher Rick Stratton who looked me straight in the eye and said: …

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Meeting Bettie Page

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2015

A chance meeting on a Florida beach became a lifetime friendship between contributor Ellsworth Boyd and 1950s pinup favourite Bettie Page Text and Photography by Ellsworth Boyd The year was 1957. I was lifeguarding in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, one of a dozen Ocean City, Maryland, beach patrol nomads who …

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Annual Shipwrecks Symposium May 2, Ontario

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th April 2015

The Niagara Divers’ Association will present its 21st Annual Shipwrecks Symposium on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This one-day symposium on shipwrecks will feature multimedia presentations with internationally renowned speakers from both the United States and Canada. $44 CDN / US up to January 26, 2015; $49 CDN / US …

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Tour of the HMS Erebus, with Parks Canada archaeologists

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th April 2015

Parks Canada have just uploaded a high-definition video on the first-ever tour of the shipwreck of HMS Erebus provided by our archaeologists. Read about the next part of their expedition here.  

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Archaeology and Navy divers team up to explore Erebus

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2015

Divers are set to revisit the sunken Franklin ship HMS Erebus in the arctic over the next week or so in an ambitious joint operation that will pair up Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Service and Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic and Pacific) divers in the first under …

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UASBC’s Shipwrecks 2015 Conference – ‘Arctic Exploration’ on May 9, Vancouver

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th March 2015

Without any doubt, the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia’s most popular and exciting, non-diving event is our annual SHIPWRECKS conference. While you will need to leave your regulators and scuba tanks at home for this event,  there will be no shortage of diving stories, and divers to meet, …

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Skin Diver Magazine

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th October 2014

Covered the world of diving for decades Text by Phil Nuytten Holy Cow! These old Skin Diver Mag covers bring back a lot of memories. Hard to believe that the person who shot so many of these is still a freelance professional underwater photographer and diving journalist today! Based in …

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From the archives: Back in the 50s – Nitrox and Rebreathers, so what’s new?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd September 2014

Originally Published for DIVER April 1995 By Phil Nuytten So there I was, right at the edge, one foot actually in the water.  I kneeled down to pull on my fin and lost my balance.  Just a little.  My knee moved forward and down, perhaps six inches, no more.  In …

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Dive Gear: Now and Then

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th September 2014

Advances in gear design & technology over 60 years may not make diving more fun, but it is much easier. And, a picture’s worth a lot of words, we think! Text by Phil Nuytten  Bouyancy Compensators Bouée Fenzy / Aqua Lung Axiom i3 The French Navy’s Bouée Fenzy, left, was …

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EXOSUIT used in hunt for world’s oldest computer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th September 2014

In a mission through time Nuytco’s robotic Exosuit is set to dive on an ancient shipwreck in the Greek isles for an uncommon artifact called the ‘Antikythera mechanism’. Used for predicting astronomical events, the advanced mechanical calculator was developed in antiquity and is often characterized as the world’s oldest …

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SEALAB I TO CELEBRATE 50th ANNIVERSARY

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th July 2014

Text by Sierra Cardenas History was made in July of 1964, when four U.S. Navy divers successfully lived and worked for 11 days in an underwater habitat called SeaLab I that was submerged in 192 feet (58.5m) of seawater off Bermuda. This man-in-the-sea experiment helped prove the viability of …

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Adventure Wanted

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th June 2014

Only whales and whale sharks need apply Text and Photography by Michael Wood SCUBA diving or snorkeling with any kind of whale or a whale shark remains high on my adventure bucket list, though I had what you might consider a close ‘second’ on the excitement scale with something …

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Zalinski Less Threatening

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd April 2014

Tonnes of fuel oil were recovered from the aging wreck but the Coast Guard says it will monitor the remote site for leakage Text by Robert Osborne Grenville Channel is the very epitome of west coast beauty. Rugged, heavily forested mountain slopes plunge precipitously into the deep, dark water …

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Diving Icon Hans Hass 1919-2013

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 26th June 2013

For some it was Jacques Cousteau, for others, DIVER Publisher Phil Nuytten among them, it was Hans Hass who triggered interest in the ocean world and SCUBA diving. The Austrian diving legend and pioneer died June 16 at age 94. A service was held June 22nd at the Hietzing …

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Dive pioneer and surf icon Bob Meistrell dies

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th June 2013

Bob Meistrell, cofounder of Body Glove has died aged 84. Meistrell reportedly died from a heart attack aboard his boat, Disappearance, near Catalina Island, California. With twin brother Bill, who predeceased him in 2006, they created the first commercially viable neoprene wetsuit from their ‘Dive n’ Surf’ store, believed …

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Clam Shell Contraption

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

In the late 19th century, men wore homemade dive rigs to navigate the muddy Mississippi and other rivers and lakes in a little known ‘gold rush’ for the pearly ‘button’ shells of freshwater mussels Text and Photography by Phil Nuytten Cotton may have been King, but freshwater ‘Clams’ didn’t …

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Remembering Ron Taylor

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

DIVER salutes Ron Taylor, diver, pioneer underwater filmmaker and champion of our ocean world The world diving community has lost a charter member with the death September 9 of Australian underwater filmmaker Ron Taylor, at age 78. In partnership with his wife Valerie, Taylor focused his life work on …

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The Mark V

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

Text by Phil Nuytten The U.S. Navy Mark V diving helmet is the coin of the realm among diving helmet collectors. The Mark V embodies all the mystique of ‘Deep Sea Diving’ in one handsome package and although it is arguably the most mass-produced of all diving helmets, it …

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In Loving Memory of Albert Falco

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th November 2012

  By Jean-Michel Cousteau The Cousteau name is forever linked with the ocean and so it is also necessarily linked to a ship run by a team that keeps the vessel and the adventure going. This remains true even without a ship. The team comprises a wide-range of devoted …

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Remembering Ron

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

DIVER salutes Ron Taylor, diver, pioneer underwater filmmaker and champion of our ocean world Read tributes below and add yours to the comments The world diving community has lost a charter member with the death September 9 of Australian underwater filmmaker Ron Taylor, at age 78. In partnership with …

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Rebreather History: From Conception to the Modern Era (1680-2012)

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

By Michael Menduno 1680: Giovanni Borelli conceives the closed circuit rebreather. Believed recirculating air through copper tube cooled by seawater would allow impurities to condense. 1726: Stephan Hale developed a device for surviving mine disasters. The helmet contained a flannel liner soaked in sea salt and tartar as a …

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Titanic Trivia Quiz

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th April 2012

Test your Titanic knowledge in this interactive quiz… [mtouchquiz 1]        

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The Prince of Gases

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st October 2011

Recently the diving industry lost Dr. R.W. ‘Bill’ Hamilton (1930-2011), whose intellect, compassion and love of life, will not soon be forgotten. Text by Joel Silverstein   Rarely in life do we encounter someone who was as impressive yet unassuming, humble, and gracious as R.W. ‘Bill’ Hamilton, Ph.D. On …

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The Last Seven Miles

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th January 2010

The Bathyscaph Trieste Story DIVER contributor Don Walsh is the deepest man alive, co-piloting the bathyscaph Trieste to the deepest point in the world ocean – the Challenger Deep in the western Pacific’s Mariana Trench on January 23, 1960. No human has returned to this abyssal region since then …

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