Welcome to issue 12 (2019) of the Historical Diving Society Newsletter. 27 September, 2019

It’s arrived!

It is time to break open the bubbly!  After months of planning, designing, arranging, coding, uploading and testing we have a handsome new website to take the Historical Diving Society into the 21st century.
Designed and built by Two Blue Toucans, we are delighted with the result. Shortly after the celebrations are over we will start work on the next two phases of the website development. This new website replaces the content of our existing website, but we have plans to develop it in two further phases by adding a resource hub and members only section.
We hope you enjoy our new online face and we look forward to announcing the further phases as they are completed
www.thehds.com .

2019 Conference and Dinner

There’s still time – just – to book your place at this year’s conference and dinner too.  Contact the secretary secretary@thehds.com if you require further information, but hurry as we have to finalise numbers and security arrangements very soon.

Photograph of the flooded quarry that is Stoney Cove diving centre

Dive Centre of the Year Award

Stoney Cove are in the running for this year’s Dive Centre of the Year Award and you can help.  Given the assistance they provide to the society in hosting working equipment events (they even provide access to their classrooms for a board meeting each year), they deserve all the support we can provide, so go to https://divernet.com/diver-awards-2019/ and make your mark

Steel grey coloured diving helmet with brass fittings and 4 windows with brass grilles.

Gear for sale

Phil Thurtle is selling a Desco US Navy Mk V diving helmet dated 15th January 1945 on the maker’s plate on the corselet.
The helmet is still tinned except for some rubbing from use and comes with a hardwood stand.
He is also selling some Siebe Gorman torches and various double hose regulators.
For more information contact him by email on phil@thurtleuk.co.uk

Speaker required

Bezz Williams of the St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, BSAC club is looking for a speaker this winter on the general history of the development of hard hat diving, hazards, salvage, etc., with a quick run through of the development of basic SCUBA.  The talk would be on a Sunday evening for 45 to 60 minutes, with a potential audience of around 20.
If you can help, contact Bezz directly at Bezz.williams@ntlworld.com .  Expenses would be covered.