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Origin of "Horse Collar" & "Mae West"

Discussion in 'History of Diving Gear' started by Akimbo, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. shoredivr

    shoredivr Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ontario

    Thanks for posting these details and introducing Mae West to the younger divers. She was one of a kind. I think of her fondly. Cheers.
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    I remember back in the 60s and 70s when my marine biology students had these but their poor teacher couldn't afford them as they were nearly a month's take home pay!

    diving at Toyon 02.jpg
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  3. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Francisco
    Mae West, on an elevator.

    A fellow passenger requested, "ballroom," to which West was said to have replied, "I didn't know that I was crowding you . . ."

    Gotta love the monkey rimshot
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  4. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    Not only terms, but one could go the the local military surplus store and buy one and use it for diving. As time went on, they were manufactured specifically for diving, but the name stuck.
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  5. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc MSDT ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA
    I borrow a Mae West quote when teaching about plant nutrient uptake.

    "I ain't exactly discriminatin', if you catch my meaning." (Or something to that effect.)

    West was talking about men, I was referring to dissolved elements in the soil.

    But we called them horsecollars when I learned to dive...
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  6. Popgun Pete

    Popgun Pete Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    My first encounter was with the small cylinder fed "Bouee Fenzy" horse collar from France. That was before the LP hose fed buoyancy aids arrived, but after the use of carbon dioxide cartridge units that were not designed for diving. Eventually diving units had both, the LP hose and a CO2 cartridge. Still have my Dacor horse collar somewhere. When crawling into the boat it was not unknown for the lanyard activator to snag on something and inflate the vest.
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  7. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    Had that happen once with a Seatec jacket when diving off a canoe. My buddy took his sweet time to finish laughing before getting me unhooked. I never felt so much like a puffer fish in my life.
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  8. gbf

    gbf ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    After I got myself unpinned from the ceiling I just left the spent cartridge in the BC forever. (entrance to Shangri-la, very shallow)

    Some buddies are A-holes. Lotta bubbles around mine...
  9. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    I was hanging off the canoe, upside down, hooking my arm over the side to keep my head out of the water so I could save the gas for the dive. Later I put a new cartridge in, but was a lot more careful about the lanyard thereafter. One mistake over decades isn't bad, and I always pulled the cartridge and blanked it when in an overhead environment.

    Yeah, he was an A-hole, but in a real emergency he performed much better. I can count on one hand the number of buddies I would trust with my life, he was one. Of course his sense of humor wasn't in the best of taste, at times.
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