|Re: Good Clean Fun!|
Posted by baja on August 28, 2010 at 05:31:42:|
In Reply to: Good Clean Fun! posted by Diveum Don on August 27, 2010 at 09:20:38:
What is pictured is a modern version of the "diving bell."
The diving bell is certainly not new --it was used extensively in the 16th & 17th century for salvage work. The invention of heavy gear obsoleted the bell.
Dr George Bass used bells as a communication telephone booth beginning in the 1950-60s (?) for his underwater exploration and excavation.
The LA County Swat Team under the leadership of Sgt Frank Waldron also had a clear 4 foot Plexiglass dome constructed for the same purpose. Once again the development of effective UW communication systems obsoleted the need for Dive Bells.
They are now underwater play toys.....
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