|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Oil Rig Diving.
Because of its more recent technical development, these books will
tend to be more recent than others that could be called 'classics'.
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See also: Commercial
OIL FIELD DIVING
Nicholas B. Zinkowski
HISTORY OF OILFIELD DIVING - An Industrial Adventure.
Oceanaut Press, , Kimball MI 48074, USA. 2009?
Huge voolume - hardcover, dustjacket, 845 pages, many many money photographs, several colour plates, index, appendicies, maps, bibliography for each chapter.
What a superb book, exceptionally well reseasrched and fascinating to read. The original oilfield divers demonstrated exceptional courage, which remains a requiremeent to this day. Author Christopher Swann knows his subject as a saturation diver himself. The History of Oilfield Diving chronicles one of the greatest adventures of the 20th Century. A story of human endeavour, physical danger and breakneck technological development, this is the most comprehensive account of oilfield diving ever written. Until the 1950s there was no oilfield diving industry. The few men who dived for a living fished for abalone or plied their trade in harbours and dockyards, on civil engineering projects and on the occasional salvage project. Nearly all the work was in shallow water. As a result, there was little innovation in either equipment or techniques. As oil was found at greater depths, all that changed. In the early 1960s, the oil companies drilling off the coast of California were pushing the limits of traditional commercial diving. All their exploratory wells were in 200-250 feet of water, a depth at which nitrogen narcosis becomes a serious limitation. Progress into still deeper water was about to come to a halt.Until, that is, a former US Marine, who made a precariouss living diving for abalone, mounted a scuba regulator in an abalone helmet, bought some heelium from a hospital supply company and dived - to 400 feet. Oilfield diving was about to take off. [ps]
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