Motorized Diving Chamber to Seek Sea Bottom Treasure (Dec, 1931)

This image reminds me of the suit the bad guy wore in Innerspace

Motorized Diving Chamber to Seek Sea Bottom Treasure

WITH so much sunken treasure lying around loose and unclaimed on the bottom of the sea, inventors have been stimulated to devise diving contraptions to explore ocean depths on treasure hunting expeditions. The latest diving machine to make its appearance resembles a fantastic sea beast, so strangely is it constructed. Protected with armor plate and thick glass observation ports, the chamber shown in the accompanying photo can descend to a depth of about 350 feet and stay there for as long as seven hours. Communication with mother ship is maintained through telephone equipment. The chamber roams under power of its twin screws.

  1. jayessell says: September 29, 201010:04 am


  2. Firebrand38 says: September 29, 201010:20 am
  3. slim says: September 30, 201011:02 am

    Yep. Treasure’s just lying all over the ocean bottom. All you got to do is just go down there and pick it up. Piece of cake.

  4. Kosher Ham says: September 30, 201011:08 am

    now, they are more likely to use a robot, much like they have used to explore the titanic.

  5. rick s. says: September 30, 20101:47 pm

    Looks like they are using starfish for grabbers on that thing. Come to think of it starfish DO have hundreds of suction cup feet capable of opening up clams. Maybe those feet would work nicely for picking up all that loose treasure down there.


  6. Scott B. says: October 1, 20105:47 am

    These little articles can be so frustrating, with their tantalizing photos, and zero useful information. Who are these men? Where is this? Are these guys associated with any institution, or are they just three drinking buddies with a dream? You know … journalism.

    That said, that is one very cool sub design.

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