Jim Hutchison


I am extremely sorry to report that Jim Hutchison passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning after a short illness.

I will give you more information as soon as I receive it.

John Bevan

Graham Hullett – a Photographic Tribute

Image7loFrederick Graham Hullett, 1932-2012
Vicar, Biker, Diver

Graham’s passion for motorcycling and young people is indisputable. As vicar and leader of the ’59 Club’ in the 1960s and early 70s, he earned the respect and admiration of the young rockers. He also took on the extra responsibility for the football team and the sub-aqua group. He was the heart and soul of the Club.

His enthusiasm to help was indefatigable. When he joined the HDS he acted as ‘Exhibitions Officer’ for many years.

Generous, warm-hearted, and inspirational, ‘Father Graham’ was a man of faith who devoted his life to helping others. He is greatly missed.

This video is a compilation of photographs – mostly from his time at the 59 Club. Thank you to everyone who kindly provided photos to Phil Thurtle so that this video could be made.

For Graham …

Graham Hullett laid to rest

On the 17th December, the Choir of Lincoln Cathedral was packed with more than 300 relatives, friends and colleagues attending the Requiem Eucharist for the soul of Father Graham Hullett, a fitting farewell to a man whose faith had guided him to do so much for others.

Afterwards, the mourners gathered in the Chapter House, where leather-clad bikers reminisced on Graham’s time with the 59 Club (the motor bike they had clubbed together to buy Graham some years ago was on prominent display, surely a first for a cathedral Chapter House!), and the large contingent from the HDS on his input to the society, which included the role of Exhibitions Officer for many years.

RIP, Graham.

Syd Knowles’ artefacts

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Syd Knowles, the diving partner of Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb died in 2012. His widow, Frances Knowles, has kindly loaned some of Syd’s personal items to The Diving Museum so that they can be displayed for the enjoyment of ‘like-minded people’. The package containing the artefacts was opened in The Diving Museum on Thursday, 13 December 2012.

As many items as possible will be on display in The Diving Museum when it re-opens in March 2013.

This short video reveals those items.

QinetiQ donates equipment

Christmas has come early for the Society. Thanks to QinetiQ and HDS member, Gavin Anthony, a large collection of diving equipment was donated to the Society today.

Photographs of the collection can be seen in our Photo Gallery. It includes a SABA set, a Siebe Gorman smoke helmet, gas control panels, helmets, and boxes of equipment (not yet unexplored).

During the winter months we will sort through this treasure trove and, where possible, we will arrange for some of the equipment to be on display in the Diving Museum next year.

Diving Knife Collection Stolen

Stolen from a collector in West London about 27/28 November. A collection of diving Knives including 6 Siebe short swords (three 175th Anniversary (one with faded wooden handle), one well used, one, chrome (inc. sheath) and one with blade ground off one side (no sheath), 1 Siebe & Gorman screw-in, 3 Heinke (two with brass handle, (one Heinke & Co, one Heinke & Co Ltd. one of these is in a Siebe style sheath, third Heinke is a Scuba dagger in an aluminium sheath), 2 US Navy style screw-in knives and a Nemrod scuba knife circa 1968 in a plastic sheath. Stolen at the same time was a ‘new model’ Aqualung Mistral regulator in it’s ‘brief case’.

Any information please contact [email protected] quoting crime reference 2533175/12.

Theft of Siebe Gorman pumps

4 pumps have been stolen from a store in Fife and are rumoured to have been sold to a scrap merchant.  The pumps are complete but unrerstored, painted a dull green overall with yellow crosses sprayed on some sides.  3 of them are 2-diver versions, complete with brass bindings and pressure guages.  The fourth is a very early pump with no guages, a plain case with ridged lid and having Denmark Street on the maker’s plate.

If you hear anything about them please contact the HDS ([email protected])..

Bunker News

In support of the Diving Museum project, the Historical Diving Society has leased a WW2 Bunker in The Avenue, Gosport to house our reserve collection and our Reference Library.
We have been working hard through the winter to convert the derelict Bunker into a usable facility. This work is almost complete. The reserve collection has already been relocated there and our library should follow in the next few weeks.
If you would like to help with either of these projects in any way, please contact Kevin Casey or John Bevan. We can never have too much help!