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Bev Morgan, Diving Industry Pioneer

Discussion in 'Avenue of the Divers: Scuba Legends & Pioneers' started by Akimbo, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    For readers with no idea what a Rat Hat is (named for Bob Ratcliffe):


    It varies a lot from the Kirby Morgan hats. It uses a first stage regulator mounted to the back of the hat instead of a Dial-a-Breath to compensate for OBP (Over Bottom Pressure), used a mouth tube to actuate the second stage that is entirely inside the hat, and has a round neck ring.
  2. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    @Captain Tim is up here visiting and offered to use his scanner to digitize some of my old slides. We ran across the image below, which I took moments before this happened:

  4. Captain Tim

    Captain Tim Captain

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Monterey Ca.
    I am at Akimbo's home where we are scanning and digitizing his negatives and slides from "those years"

    Dive Bells. Saturation Systems, helium cylinders hanging on systems by the thousands.

    The sides and hatches adorned with OCEANEERING COMEX, TAYLOR ...another image of a dive system and only the name and the color has been changed to protect the innocent.

    Across from me he sits in his burgundy leather bound Stress-less chair where a few dozen boxes of Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides lie at his feet;

    "Ok..here is something different...a &$%^*# dive bell from the left side..oh yea and here it is from underneath when the crane is hoisting it?" Kool uh?

    Is he asking me a question or stating a fact?
    Moments later...
    " I found a different one...Have you scanned this one of the bell.. when the hatch is open?"

    .... If I am going to turn in some time on Lightroom... will it be about yellow, white and orange dive systems or some creative U/W images

    Ok ENUFF
    Growing a bit weary of digitizing every form of underwater dive system known to man (and Akimbo).
    "Do you have any "artsie fartsie" underwater images?" I ask? Maybe a nice long string of California Bull kelp leading to the surface? Maybe a burst of "Jesus light" breaking into a prismatic masterpiece as it breaks the clear waters of Carmel Bay dancing on the rocky reef and the "hold fast system? Poetic as I describe a recent image of ....NOT MINE!

    He tell me "I think there is a diver in a KMB mask that has something like that ..Let me look around....ok here it is"

    It is NOTHING at all like that. More like a 500 watt Birns and Sawyer that another diver is holding on the working diver.

    And the evening wears on.
  5. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    I sure hope you guys have a couple bottles of something good to accompany you during this process.
    Maybe a 19 yo bottle of single malt?
    It sounds fun, cool, interesting, nostalgic, thrilling, and very painful, all at the same time.
  6. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

  7. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: great white north
    a HUGE star just went out ,the world will not be as good.......
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  8. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: NYS
    I'm late to this thread but its a fabulous one.

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