Category: Timeline

Finnish navy divers in the late 1950’s

The following pictures of Finnish conscripts doing their military service and diver training have been dated back to the late 1950’s. Vesa Eronen, who took the training in 1958, identified the gear and vessels to be from that time period. Navy diver training took place at Pansio naval base in city of Turku back then. …

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Book: Finnish Air Force Divers 1964-2000

This book familiarizes you with diving the finnish air forces from its beginnings in 16.3.1964 to its shutdown in 30.6.2000. The book is unfortunately available only in Finnish. The book mentions that the divers were also aircraft technicians or better and that they were used to study aircraft accidents where the aircraft had sunk in …

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The silent world (1956)

A film by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle from 1956. Watch the film down on this page. This film (The silent world, Amazon.co.uk) portrays the underwater adventures of the divers of Calypso, the ship owned by Cousteau. The impressive opening scene portrays divers wearing aqua-lungs (Cousteau-Gagnan regulators and three cylinders of compressed air) and carrying …

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Finnish diving history upto 1850’s

This is a partial translation only. The introductory chapter has been translated as well as headings and captions of images. The rest will get gradually translated, time permitting. We hope that the reader will get a glimpse into Finnish diving history by reading the translated parts. Google translate can be used where needed. 2019-12-08 versionText: …

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Submerging with an aqualung

Mistralin nimilaattoja on painettu neljällä eri osoitteella valmistusosoitteesta riippuen.

The pioneer of diving, Jacques Cousteau, and engineer Emile Gagnan developed the first regulator in 1940s. The world-known Mistral regulator, which is still popular with historical diving enthusiasts, was developed a few years later. Text and photographs: Pekka LahtinenTranslation by Ralf Strandell “A child has never opened a christmas present more excited than we were …

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Ancient history of diving

Text: Ralf Strandell Preface This article has been written in an attempt to sched some light on diving in ancient times. To maintain quality, critical translations with facing original text have been sought when possible, or else other credible sources have been used. The translations are, typically, 19th century english because of copyright limitations. The …

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