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81 Years Since First Incredible Dive To Lusitania Wreck

7th October 2016
Preparing the Tritonia diving suit for descent to the Lusitania in 1935 Preparing the Tritonia diving suit for descent to the Lusitania in 1935 Photo: NOAA/Wikimedia

#Lusitania - Yesterday (Thursday 6 October) marked 81 years since the discovery of the wreck of the Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale, more than 20 years after the ocean liner was lost.

And less than three weeks from now will mark the 81st anniversary of the first brave diving expedition to the wreck site, according to Coast Monkey.

A far cry from the SCUBA gear and technology used by modern-day divers, Jim Jarrett made his descent in an enormous Tritonia diving suit.

The JS Peress design resembles something out of the sci-fi movies that would come out of Hollywood decades later.

But it was necessary to enable Jarrett to withstand the incredible pressures at the wreck site some 93 metres below the surface.

Coast Monkey has more on this remarkable story HERE.

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MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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