Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911.
A rather curious design for a diving suit. It seems apparent that Chester did not take into account the weight of his invention. This suit would drop to the bottom of the ocean like a lead zeppelin leaving its occupant completely trapped. Even Houdini wouldn’t be able to escape this device.
Don’t all deep-sea diving suits “drop to the bottom of the ocean?” Isn’t that the point? Those firehose-y diving suits (heavy canvas shell lined with rubber, with brass fittings for the helmet) include belts with lead weights to counteract the buoyancy of seawater. This suit probably wouldn’t be very buoyant, but I don’t see how that (in itself) would render it useless. It looks like the suit (and its occupant) would be lowered via the suspension chain, and hauled back up the same way.
P.S. The suit looks like one of Marvel’s Celestials.
(Source: reddit.com, via lesbianhorse)