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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
W is for Weird Diving Gear
Yesterday I went by the Whaling Museum in Carmel. It's about the size of a garage. "Pat" the curator explained that this was the diving suit used by abalone divers at the turn of the century. It was pumped full of air, then weighted down with a weight belt and lead shoes so they could walk along the bottom of the cove and pry abalone from the rocks. Sometimes when it was stormy, currents swept the divers around and cracked their masks, in which case they would apply an abalone foot to the crack to seal it until they could be pulled to the surface. More ABC Wednesday photos here.