An important diver's helmet used during the salvage of the S.S. "Normandie"  circa 1938 19 x 15 in. (48.3 x 38.1 cm.)

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Lot 199
An important diver's helmet used during the salvage of the S.S. "Normandie"
A. Schrader and Son, Inc.; New York, circa 1938
19 x 15 in. (48.3 x 38.1 cm.)

Sold for US$ 8,540 inc. premium
An important diver's helmet used during the salvage of the S.S. "Normandie"
A. Schrader and Son, Inc.; New York, circa 1938
a twelve (12) bolt, four (4) port helmet, each port with a glass guard, a knock exhaust valve, air intake, a Craftsweld communication box [partial wiring coming from the back of the helmet], the owner's plate engraved "M.C. & S. Corp./Construction/51-30" and a maker's plate engraved "A. SCHRADER'S & Son, Inc./Mfgrs of/Diving Aparatus/626/New York, USA", securing pin, internal air vents; the corselet with brass banding secured with wing nuts, and other details.
19 x 15 in. (48.3 x 38.1 cm.)

Footnotes

  • During the onslaught of World War II only Morse and Schrader were making dive helmets for the U.S. Navy. Desco and Miller-Dunn went into production around 1943. The scarcity of the Morse and Schrader helmets make them highly desirable. This helmet is one of twelve diving helmets used during the salvage of the S.S. "Normandie" during her salvage after the fire and capsize at Pier 88 during the conversion to become the troop transport U.S.S. "Lafayette". It was given to Robert Boughton by Capt. Dyche, a principal of M.C. & S. Construction, the civilian arm of the Navy Salvage Service that worked on the "Normandie" salvage.

    Literature:
    Braynard, Frank O., Picture History of the Normandie, 1987, Dover Press, pp. 102-116 for information on the salvage.

    Foucart, Bruno, NORMANDIE Queen of the Seas, 1985, Vendome Press, p.179 for additional information on the salvage.

    Provenance:
    Captain David A. Dyche of M.C.& S. Corp., Construction;
    Robert Boughton;
    and thence by decent to the current owner.
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