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Build your own helmet
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale Harris Nov 19, 2010.

 

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Which of the following are you?
A Working Diver
Dive school you went to or are attending?
Coastal School of Diving- Oakland,CA
Are you an inland diver, offshore diver or both?
Offshore
What do you like to do with your down time / onshore time?
Chase women
What's your deepest dive? (in feet)
225'

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At 10:48am on February 15, 2013, paul standish said…

Ed,   Been busy around here, and there...from the looks of it that little lady has caught you...I worked steady until june 1985, working B&R lay barge rack opp/supv omitted my 1st 2 water stops 270/60 making the time up at 100'... dive hose fouled, rough sea's, behind wood pipe fenders on the side of the barge... I've been doin' sur interval ever since...as that galley sign reads "tough times never last, tough people do".

Able to keep myself busy, got a nice stand of long leaf pine down by the beach, and buy and sell "sinker" pine and cypress from there. Make a little bit of furniture here in Tallahassee, Fla. Deadhead heart pine cooler with iron hardware pictured on my photo's. Do table's, bench's, hat boxes...nothin to big.

Just hanging around...stay in touch,  Paul

At 5:51am on January 23, 2013, paul standish said…

Ed,   As a young hand I wrote you while working in South Africa 1975, you wrote back that N.O. was the diving industry capital. When I did get there in 1976 you were leaving for TX (field boat bus.) As you suggested, I found an ole' diver that worked a lot, he threw me the keys to his 76' Chevy PU a Gulf Oil CC and said be around when I want you, that was Chuck Gates.Did a lot of inshore const. & and a ton more salvage work, Murphy Pacific to the Searle Group, in the late 70's early 80's Houston to Saudi Arabia if it blew up, or sank we were on it, heck of a place to learn and find my pace, as Chuck had said. Any way been all around the world to the Gulf of Mexico, I just wanna say Thanks for taking the time for a young hand and puttin' him on the right path. Paul Standish

At 11:57pm on June 8, 2010, D Layda said…
Thanks for the add, really dig your pics from back in the day, awesome doc**entation of our past! I especially enjoy and respect the work done by you gen 2 divers in your ingenuity in creating your own distinct systems, helmets, masks and .... whatever that one thing I saw once was... really great work. Great example of pragmatic problem solving with the sandwiched lead idea for ballasting your helmet, also could kind of tell that you intended a second stage regulator on the front before it got put there, preemptive proactive planning; our professions hallmark.

More Pictures!!!

Have a great one,

Drew.
At 9:59pm on April 12, 2010, Dr Jeff Zhang said…
Hi Ed, Thanks a lot to your reply. brgds, jeff
At 5:46pm on April 12, 2010, Dr Jeff Zhang said…
The Shippen's helmet looks very interesting.
At 6:27am on December 10, 2009, Bill Gardner said…
Again - historic photos in my eyes thanks Ed.
At 8:36am on October 30, 2009, Doug Smith said…
Nice helmet - did you only make the one?
At 5:28pm on October 27, 2009, Bill Gardner said…
Yahoo-good to see names & faces of a time period I believe shaped the modern industry, keep em comin Ed & thanks....
At 2:58pm on October 27, 2009, Bill Gardner said…
Thanks Ed, really look forward to some of your working photos. bill g.
At 8:33am on October 21, 2009, A.. Parnell said…
Hey Ed,
Did you ever work for Ocean Systems in Morgan City ?Your name seems famular.
Ace Parnell
 
 
 

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