European Historical Diving Event

Friday — field trips and get together After checking in at the hostel ship there is a welcome event and a visit to the nearby maritime museum. Next there is a visit to a shipyard. The field trip day is completed with a trip to a commercial diving company and to see our own collections. …

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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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Some Finnish diving magazines 1974-2018

Old membership magazines of the finnish recreational divers federation (Suomen urheilusukeltajain liitto, later Sukeltajaliitto) can now be read online. The magazines are written in finnish but the pictures could be interesting to the international audience. Thank you Sukeltajaliitto for a great act of publishing history!

Merry christmas!

The Historical Diving Society of Finland wishes its friends, supporters and colleagues a merry chrtistmas and a happy new year!

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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England, Porstmouth and Gosport

Text: Jouko MoisalaTranslation: Ralf Strandell Anyone interested in spending a weekend visiting maritime museums and diving museums should head to Portshnmouth, England. It is an old port and a British naval base and there is plenty to see besides the museums. Maritime monuments are present everywhere. In the picture above we can see a figurehead …

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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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Maritime museum of Kaliningrad

Text by Jouko MoisalaTranslation by Ralf Strandell Kaliningrad is a part of former Soviet Union, now part of Russia. It is obvious that annexing it to Lithuania would have been difficult if not impossible, as it was and still is a very important naval base. The first thing to catch a visitors eye is submersible …

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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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Local diving-themed jewellery

Many a diver carries a diving-themed piece of jewellery. It could be hanging around the neck, in the ear(s), or on the wrist for example. Often it features a diver or a piece of dive kit such as a fin, a mask or a breathing apparatus. A hard hat divers helmet can sometimes be seen, …

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