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1963 wet sub on Craigslist

Discussion in 'Vintage Diving & Equipment' started by OTF, Jan 2, 2021.

  1. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Same ocean as you!
    Thunderbirds really are go!

    Man that really is something
  2. HKGuns

    HKGuns Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Merica
    Don Shipley has this sub. We never dove it but we did ride it around on the surface. He's at the controls launching it in this picture. The cat in front shall remain nameless for opsec reasons.

  3. Rol diy

    Rol diy Registered

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    That looks original
    Is that a homemade boat / sub?
    Or is it made by some company.
    Any more pictures and info?
  4. HKGuns

    HKGuns Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Merica
    It was custom made for him by someone I don't know. Sorry that is all I have on it. I have some more pictures and will post later.

    You probably can't tell in these shots, but the jet drive says "Hamilton" on it if that means anything to you.

    Bob DBF likes this.
  5. HKGuns

    HKGuns Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Merica
    Two more......


  6. Akimbo

    Akimbo Just a diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter


    Interesting vessel, but confusing. How does the pilot see out? It sure seems like a lot of mass to push through the water on batteries, unless you have a small platoon of passengers. Could it be a semi-submersible (meaning that it runs almost completely submerged)?
  7. HKGuns

    HKGuns Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Merica
    The helm is in the rear and offset to starboard. Probably not easy to navigate.....It was designed to carry passengers, similar to this one, I think you're probably familiar with only on a larger scale. There is a lot of room in the front for "passengers.".

    It isn't water tight when submerged, if that makes sense......I've only ridden in it on the surface, so I have no details on submerging......You can see the bow planes in one of the pictures.

  8. Rol diy

    Rol diy Registered

    Looks like quite the unit..
    and not be used....
    Looks like it could be fun to take to your local wreck site.....
  9. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich Solo Diver

    Or possibly become a local wreck site.

    where are they launching it? The water looks very tanic acidy. I doubt visibility in that water would even be half the length of the sub. The bow planes fold down, but I am not seeing how they pivot a single thruster in the stern is going to make controlling her pretty complicated.

    A very curious design.
    Shasta_man likes this.
  10. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    I had the same thought, it looks like the drug running subs.
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