19th Century Scuba

…and I thought I was burdened with gear

837lb diving suite designed by the Carmagnolle brothers in 1882

837lb diving suite designed by the Carmagnolle brothers in 1882

The sole example of this steampunkesque diving suit appears Musée de la Marine in Paris. Built by Alphonse and Theodore Carmagnolle  with 20 portholes the entire suite weighs in at 837 pounds.  You can get a bit of the history and the specs over at Diving Heritage.  Be careful not to head over unless you totally are prepared to give up a few hours exploring the world’s largest virtual dive museum featuring over 300 helmets!

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

4 Replies to “19th Century Scuba”

  1. After seeing this suit, I don’t think I will ever complain about getting into a wetsuit ever again (well maybe a little).

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