The Magazine for Underwater Professionals

Jan/Feb 2017

ILLUSTRATED GLOSSARY & FROM OUR ARCHIVES

Clown

Otherwise known as a buffoon, fool or gawk. A person who acts the goat, makes a monkey of himself and acts crazily.

 

The winner of the UCi “Clown of the Year” competition for 2016 is … wait for it … … wait a bit more … MMO-man!

 

Want a laugh? Just ask Clown-of-the-Year MMO-man how a powered underwater tool damages the environment! And if you’re sides haven’t already split, ask him why do you need a licence to use it?

 

It’ll kill you!

FROM OUR ARCHIVES...

100 years ago
Robert Davis of Siebe Gorman & Co Ltd patented his compression chamber, an “apparatus for reproducing actual deep-water conditions for testing diving appliances and training divers”, in March 1917. The chamber was partially filled with water and provided with an entrance through a manhole at the top. Davis commissioned one of these chambers and installed it in his workshop at Westminster Bridge Road, London. It was used for tests until well after World War Two.

 

150 years ago
In March 1867, Mr Rigden, the diver from Whitstable, was employed to recover the ballast from the wreck of the smack Daring which had been dashed to pieces against the east pierhead at Ramsgate. The vessel had been driven against the pier in an easterly Force 10 storm. The steam tug Vulcan had put to sea in an attempt to save the crew but all five men were drowned.

 

 

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