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Object Name Suit, Diver's
Date 1890-1900
Material Canvas/Rubber
Used Raquette Lake
Description Diving Suit, used around the turn of the century until 1910-1920. Made of white canvas. It is large and loose fitting, and was filled completely with air during use. The suit has a wide rubber gasket to fit on the helmet. The sleeves end in a loose, open wrist with rubber cuffs. Diving mitts fit over these. The feet are complete "boots" sewn onto the rest of the body. Large lead-weighted boots (not included) would fit over these, and were used to counter the bouyancy of the inflated suit. A lead-weighted belt was also used. The opening to put it on is the neck.
For photos of suit in use, see P#s22724-22726
Notes The diving equipment was used in the Raquette Lake area around the turn of the century. Several times the Marion River train fell off the track into the lake and a diver had help salvage the train. Also, the diver would work on the propellers of the big boats. The donor, Dennis Dillon said that the diving equipment was not used after the early 1920's.
Collection T:DIV
Catalog Number 1956.043.0003
Other number AM 0419
Imagefile 051\1956.043.0003.JPG
Species Suit, Diver's