diving helmet

German-born Augustus Siebe’s improvements to diving helmets in the 1830s resulted in the first effective and commercially successful closed diving helmet and suit.
The ability to explore the oceans past the shore and shallow waters inspired writers like Jules Verne, as well as lesser known authors in the popular press.   In the early 1900s, the Frank Reade Weekly Magazine, “containing stories of adventures on land, sea & in the air,” regularly pitted its inventor hero and his diving-suit clad companions against undersea foes, showcasing technologically imaginative deep-sea vessels and fantastic undersea creatures.

Learn more about 19th century exploration of the deep sea in this week’s chapter of Fantastic Worlds - Sea Change!

image from: Illustrated & descriptive catalogue A. Siebe, inventor of the close diving dress : established 1820