My Library, USA

‘DiveScrap’Index

the scrapbook of diving history

 

1946 Marine Surplus catalog

Published in 1946 by the ‘Government’s Disposal Agency for Marine Materials’ 15 x23 cm 104 pages, contains some nice advertisements of surplus diving equipment.

1959 NAVY DIVER

By Joseph Sidney Karneke with Victo Boesen. 21 x 14 cm, 256 pages. Some B&W photographs. ‘The incredible adventures of a master diver’

1960 All about Undersea Exploration

By Ruth Brindze. 145 pages, illustrated

199? American Dive Catalog Collection

By Ray Mathieson. Over 400 pages of very rare American catalogs: 

Alfred Hale Co.;A.Schrader Diving Equip. Co. (3) catalogs; A.J.Morse &Son (3);  D.E.S.Co.;  Miller Dunn Co. (3);  Batteryless Telephone Equip. Co.;  Craftsweld Co.;  John Date Co. (2);  M.&E. Marine Supply Co.;  Buie ww2 Helium Helmet;  Ohio Rubber Co. (maker of the Victor Berge mask);  Thompson Eng. Co. (maker of the T.E.Co. full face mask);  E.J. Willis Co. (distributor of the Snead Shallow water helmets and air pump).

2000 Sea Dwellers

By Bob Barth, Navy Diver. The Humor, Drama and Tragedy of the U.S. Navy SEALAB Programs. 15 x 23 cm 184 pages. B&W illustrations. I bought this book from Bob Barth personally when I met him in the USA in 2005. ISBN 0-9653359-3-3

1994 Take Me Under The Sea, the dream merchants of the deep

By Thomas Burgess. 15 x 23 cm, 259 pages. An interesting book on early under water movies.

1939 MICKEY MOUSE and The Pirate Submarine

By Walt Disney. Tiny booklet: 9 x 11 cm, 424 pages. Mickey Mouse shown with a diving Helmet on cover, spine and back


I don’t collect fiction books but this one has a nice cover

1987 Helmets of the Deep

By Leon lyons. 26 x 30 cm, 370 pages. Rather an album then a book. Packed with ‘thousands’ of full color photographs of mainly diving helmets but also a few shots of knives, shoes etc. Leon is currently working on a revised edition of this book.


A couple of years ago I bought a lot of documentation in France. Among it was a set of letters sent by Leon to the Institute Oceanographique in Monaco in 1981. Leon was after information about french diving helmets and sent them a photo of the 5 french helmets in his collection, asking if they knew anything about them. He had been a collector of diving helmets since 4 years he explains and asks to be put in contact with mr. Cousteau because he reckons Cousteau can tell him more about the helmets. The institute did not put him in contact with Cousteau but instead forwarded the letter to the Navy in Toulon. Under the letter Leon wrote: ‘PS, I now have over 100 diving helmets’. These were clearly his beginning days of collecting helmets ... 

1929 BLACK HORSE OF THE SEA

By Robert D. MacMillen. Published for the Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation, a US diving and salvage company which had a black horse as the company logo. Many illustrated articles on diving, salvage and under water construction. 22 x 28 cm, 38 pages.

1999 STARS BENEATH THE SEA, the pioneers of diving

By Trevor Norton. 16 x 23 cm, 282 pages.

1997 20.000 Jobs Under the Sea

By Torrance Parker. 23 x 29 cm, 354 pages.


  ( 20,000 Jobs Under The Sea is an essential book for anyone involved in commercial or professional diving. In fact, it is a good book for anyone involved in or interested in diving of any kind. This excellent book explains diving history and fills in gaps that I have wondered about for many years. Like his work during his long commercial diving career, Torrance Parker has done an outstanding job on the book. The research, photographs, and printing are first class. If you value diving history this is a 'must have' book. -- Bev Morgan. Chairman, Diving Systems International. Supplier of diving helmets to the U. S. Navy )

1997 The Californian Abalone Industry, a pictorial history

By A.L. ‘Scrap’ Lundy. 21 x 28 cm, 223 pages

1997 The Californian Abalone Industry, a pictorial history

By A.L. ‘Scrap’ Lundy. 21 x 28 cm, 223 pages, same book as here above but hard bound.

1988 A Pictorial History of Diving

23 x 31 cm, 149 pages. An interesting well illustrated book on the History of Diving by:

Arthur J. Bachrach - ‘Breath-Hold Diving’ chapter

James T.Joiner - ‘Diving Bells; Diver Lockout Systems’ chapter

J.A. Bauer and S. A. Bauer - ‘The Hard-Hat Diving Helmet’ chapter

E.R. Cross and D.J. Styer Jr. - ‘The History of the Diving suit’ chapter

Glen H. Egstrom - ‘Diving Equipment’ chapter

Wilber O’Neill - ‘Breathing Gas Delivery’ chapter

Arthur J. Bachrach - ’One-Manned Atmospheric Diving Systems’ chapter

R.W. Cook and C. Chulamanis - ‘Lockout Submersibles and Diver Propulsion Vehicles’ chapter

James W. Miller - ‘Undersea Habitats’ chapter

James H. Elkins - ‘Communications’ chapter

Frank Busby - ‘Remotely Operated Vehicles’ chapter

1859 Diving With & Without Armor

By J.B. Green, the celebrated submarine diver. 14 x 21 cm, 62 pages. This is a reprint and when I understand it correctly then this reprint was realized by Lee Seleski and Leslie Leaney of the American Historical Diving Society.


I am hoping to find the original print of this book ...

1934 The TREASURE HUNT of the S 18

By Graham M.Dean. 14 x 21 cm, 252 pages.


I don’t collect fiction books but this one has a nice cover

1996 DESCENT INTO DARKNESS

By Commander Edward C. Raymer USN (ret) 14 x 22 cm, 214 pages. An interesting account by a diver who worked in Pearl Harbour after the 1941 attack by Japan.

1978 THE DEEP-SEA DIVER, yesterday, today and tomorrow

By Robert C. Martin. 213 pages, 15 x 23 cm. A very interesting book showing both the equipments with old style copper helmets and the then new fiberglass helmets and masks.

1954 Shallow Water Diving and Spearfishing

By Hilbert Schenck, Jr. and Henry Kendall. 14 x 22 cm, 251 pages. Probably the second edition of the book above. Interesting book with a lot of good info and illustrations. With the book I have a sales pamphlet with the same cover as the books dust jacket.

1959 Underwater Work

By John E. Cayford. 16 x 23 cm, 258 pages. Second edition of 1966.

1950 Shallow Water Diving

By Hilbert Schenck, Jr. and Henry Kendall. 14 x 22 cm, 138 pages.

1944 DIVING CUTTING and WELDING in underwater salvage operations

By Frank E. Thompson, Jr. 13 x 18 cm, 214 pages. Originally published in 1944, this is a reprint from 1969.

1954 UNDERWATER SAFETY

By E.R. Cross. 14 x 21 cm, 87 pages. First edition.

1956 UNDERWATER SAFETY

By E.R. Cross. 14 x 21 cm, 88 pages. Third edition.

195? UNDERWATER SPORTS

Sales leaflet for underwater photo and film equipment by Underwater Sports, Inc. from Miami Florida. 15 x 22 cm only 4 pages.

1953 Self-Contained Diving

By René Bussoz. 14 x 21 cm, 23 pages. Fourth edition.

1953 highest quality DIVING GEAR

Sales catalog of the ‘Diving Corporation of America’ ( Formerly Aqua-Lung Inc. ) 13 x 21 cm, 15 pages.

1954 FENJOHN underwater photo & equipment co.

Sales catalog, 15 pages, 15 x 22 cm.

1954 CRESSI underwater sports equipment

Sales catalog, 15 pages, 15 x 22 cm.

1954 DIVING

Sales catalog from ‘The Florida Frogman’, 15 pages, 13 x 21 cm.

1954 Self-Contained Diving

By René Bussoz. 14 x 21 cm, 23 pages. Fifth edition.

1955 Undersea Sports

Sales catalog of Undersea Sports. Photo equipment, masks, snorkels, tanks, suits, harpoon, compressors etc. etc. as well as genuine ‘treasure maps’ ... ( ...‘make the sport pay for itself’ ... )  15 x 22, 24 pages

1956 Self-Contained Diving

By René Bussoz. 14 x 21 cm, 31 pages. Seventh edition.

1945 LAFFY of the navy salvage divers

By Iris Vinton. 159 pages, 15 x 22 cm.


I don’t collect fiction books but this is a nice one ...

1942 ICH TAUCHE NACH SCHÄTZEN

By Harry E. Rieseberg, German translation of ‘I Dive for Treasure’ 14 x 22 cm, 206 pages.

1997 AVONTUREN ONDER WATER

By Hillary Hauser. Dutch translation of ‘Call to Adventure’. 15 x 22 cm, 238 pages.

US Military Diving Manuals

1916 DIVING MANUAL

A reprint by Ray Mathieson of the 1916 Diving Manual of the US Navy Department. 15 x 22 cm, 124 pages.

1924 DIVING MANUAL

Published by the ‘Navy Department Bureau of Construction and repair’. 108 pages, 15 x 23 cm.



1924 DIVING MANUAL

Published by the ‘Fleet Welding School U. S. Destroyer Base’. 108 pages, 20 x 24 cm.

1942 NOTES ON DEEP SEA DIVING

Reprinted by U.S.S. ALCOR in December 1942. Seems to be a diving manual published and printed with a stencil-machine on board of a US Navy ship. 20 x 33 cm, pages are not numbered but book is aprox. 2 cm thick.

1943 DIVING MANUAL

Published by the ‘Navy Department Bureau of Ships’. 267 pages, 15 x 23 cm. Standard soft cover US Navy Diving Manual, many B&W illustrations.

1943 DIVING MANUAL

Published by the ‘Navy Department Bureau of Ships’. 267 pages, 15 x 23 cm. Standard soft cover US Navy Diving Manual, many B&W illustrations. This book has been marked in ink on the cover: ‘Ensign Sidney G. Rumbold USS Salvage Pier 88 NY’

1943 DIVING MANUAL

Published by the ‘Navy Department Bureau of Ships’. 267 pages, 15 x 23 cm. Standard hard cover US Navy Diving Manual, many B&W illustrations.

1944 MILITARY DIVING TM 5-475

Published by the ‘War Department’. 80 pages, 14 x 21 cm. Standard soft cover US Army Manual, many B&W illustrations. Interesting to see the diver now not being dressed and tended by sailors but by army soldiers wearing tin hats.


I have a duplicate available of this manual

1943 Deep Sea Diving School Book

Published as a Divers Training Manual by the ‘Naval Gun Factory’ in Washington D.C. Submitted by E.D.Buie ( see also the chapter http://www.divescrap.com/DiveScrap_INDEX/DESCO_Military_Helmets_%26_rebreathers.html ) ‘Huge’ book with 507 pages, 22 x 33 cm. Partly stenciled, party printed and partly original photographs. Later magazine articles were added. The youngest date I could find in the book is 1943 but the book may be a few years younger then that.

1946 DIVING MANUAL, Soviet Russian translation of the 1943 USN Ed.

Published by the Soviet Russian Navy after they had purchased lots of US military equipment during the second world war ( delivered by the famous allied convoys in Murmansk ). 202 pages, 15 x 22 cm. An extremely rare edition of the 1943 US Diving Manual. All B&W photographs have been replaced by ink-pen drawings to be able to print it easier. Hard cover. 

1946 DIVING MANUAL, Soviet Russian translation of the 1943 USN Ed.

Exactly the same book as the one here above but with a different cover: Published by the Soviet Russian Navy after they had purchased lots of US military equipment during the second world war ( delivered by the famous allied convoys in Murmansk ). 202 pages, 15 x 22 cm. An extremely rare edition of the 1943 US Diving Manual. All B&W photographs have been replaced by ink-pen drawings to be able to print it easier. Hard cover. 

1952 DIVING MANUAL, Bureau of Ships

Published by the Bureau of Ships. The first larger size US diving manual: 20 x 26 cm, 160 pages,


I have a duplicate available of this manual

1956 Submarine Medicine Practice

Published by the ‘Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Department of the Navy’. 357 pages, 20 x 26 cm.

1958 DIVING MANUAL, Navy department Washington D.C.

Published by the Navy department in Washington D.C. 20 x 26 cm. Pages are numbered per chapter but the book already has the size of a small town phonebook. Well illustrated.

1959 DIVING MANUAL, Navy department Washington D.C.

Published by the Navy department in Washington D.C. 22 x 28 cm Pages are numbered per chapter. Well illustrated.

1963 DIVING MANUAL, Navy department Washington D.C.

Published by the Navy department in Washington D.C. 22 x 28 cm Pages are numbered per chapter. Well illustrated.

I am still looking for some early US diving manuals missing from my library. The ones younger then 1963 I already have but due to lack of space these are stored elsewhere and are not at hand right now

US Commercial Diving Books and Manuals

1944 DESCENDING LINE Vol 2 No 14

Published by the ‘U.S. Navy Training School Salvage’ 8 pages 17 x 23 cm. News, cartoons, gossip and a list of movies playing that month. There are several editions of this magazine which I do not yet have: can you offer one / some then please let me know.

1944 DESCENDING LINE Vol 2 No 18

Published by the ‘U.S. Navy Training School Salvage’ 8 pages 17 x 23 cm. News, cartoons, gossip and a list of movies playing that month. There are several editions of this magazine which I do not yet have: can you offer one / some then please let me know.

1945 DESCENDING LINE Vol 3 No 3

Published by the ‘U.S. Navy Training School Salvage’ 8 pages 17 x 23 cm. News, cartoons, gossip and a list of movies playing that month. There are several editions of this magazine which I do not yet have: can you offer one / some then please let me know.

1945 DESCENDING LINE Vol 3 No 5

Published by the ‘U.S. Navy Training School Salvage’ 8 pages 17 x 23 cm. News, cartoons, gossip and a list of movies playing that month. There are several editions of this magazine which I do not yet have: can you offer one / some then please let me know.

1945 Lightweight Diving Outfit ( DESCO Jack Browne )

Published by the Unites States Government Printing Office Washington 1954. 20 pages 15 x 23 cm, bw illustrations, soft cover.

2005 United States Navy Diver

By Mark V. Lonsdale. Hard bound book. 349 pages many color and bw illustrations. Best Publishing Company ISBN 1-930536-27-5

1955. Dive. The complete Book of Skin Diving

By Rick and Barbara Carrier. 16 x 24 cm, 294 pages. Verry well illustrated with bw photographs and drawings.

1960 Underwater Prospecting Techniques, the Gold Divers Handbook

By H. Fiedler. 65 pages, BW illustrated, 20 x 14 cm.