Russian Diving School

I’m working on an enormous research project at the moment. It’s been all about Russia between 1903-1923. I’ve been gathering research from peasants to uniforms to the Czar and his family.

One of the more fun images I found, that does not pertain to the show I’m working on, is this photo of the Russian Navy’s diving school from 1913 in Kronstadt. They are performing exercises in a pool using the latest technology in rebreathing suits. While the suits are a lot of fun, they don’t look like they are atmospheric diving suits (ADS). The rebreathing suits would be able to go too deeply into the water like ADS.

The suits are so great looking that I needed to see some other suit designs.

Russian Navy working diving exercises, 1913

Russian Navy working diving exercises, 1913

Here is a photo of two men wearing a rebreather for escape purposes from a submarine for the Royal Navy in 1908. This suit also cannot be submerged very deep, but they can rescue others if something were to happen. Not a very large viewing area for a search and rescue.

Two men wearing suits for escape purposes 1908.

Two men wearing suits for escape purposes 1908.

Here is a photo of Chester E. Macduffee with his atmospheric diving suit from 1914. It weighed 250 kilos/550 lbs. and could reach a water depth of 65 meter/213 feet in 1915. The suit looks a little more like the robot from Lost In Space. This was the first suit with ball bearings to help with joint movement.

Macduffee with hist suit in 1914

Macduffee with hist suit in 1914