Part One - Highlights.
Conceived by Nick Baker (founder secretary
of the Historical Diving Society) from an idea by Michael Cocks, 'DIVING
From the Past - Into the Future` dips into the colourful and multifaceted
world of diving exploration beneath the waters of the world. The search for lost
gold, recovering the elixir of life or repairing a damaged wellhead - each has
demanded of mankind ingenuity, skilful engineering and a courageous spirit to
take that first footstep, or finstroke forwards, through the previously unfathomed
See some extremely rare archive film from John Williamson's
underwater filming for '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea` (1916), Commandant
Le Prieur's underwater exploration (1935) & excerpts from Hans Hass' first two
films (1939 & 1942).
650 BC The Epic of Gilgamesh. The earliest surviving account of diving.
1690 Halley's Diving Bell.
1715 Lethbridge's Barrel.
1836 Deane discovers the Mary Rose
1906 The saving of Winchester Cathedral by William Walker.
1917 Damant's recovery of £5m in Gold Bars from HMS Laurentic
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