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!

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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