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1911: Chester E. McDuffee’s Patented Diving Suit (PHOTO)
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Posted on 01/21/2013 6:12:10 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Chester E. McDuffee’s patented diving suit

1911: Chester E. McDuffee’s patented diving suit

The suit of Chester E. Macduffee is a fantastic suit to see. Although Macduffee patented 4 inventions and pictures of the actual diving suit are still available it is very strange nothing could be found about the inventor.

In the book from Hermann Stelzner there are some references to Macduffee.

The name of the inventor is often written in different ways. Stelzner calls him Macduff. He is also called McDuffie – MacDuffie – MacDuffy – Macduffie but the true name of the man was Macduffee.

Stelzner wrote:

Macduffs ADS was tested in 1915 in Long Island Sound. It was made like the “Hanseatische”from aluminum alloy and weighted about 250 kilo. The cylindrical joints mounted on ball bearings allowed movement in one direction only. They do not appear to be watertight due to the fact Macduffee implemented a waterpump in the suit. This pump was able to pump water from the leg section into the sea. The pump operated on compressed air supplied from the surface. The used air from the pump then expanded into the suit and was used by the diver for breathing. ( Robert H. Davis Stated the pump was driven by electricity) The suit was equipped with a 12 section-gripper mounted on one arm and a electric light on the other arm. Also a hook is seen on a picture. Macduffee’s suit reached 65 meters of waterdepth in 1915!

Gary L. Harris wrote in his book Iron Suit:

Credit for constructing the first suit to utilize ball bearings as the medium to provide movement to a joint and also to act as the load-bearing surface must go to a Mr. Mac Duff­ie, who tested his formidable-looking A.D.S. to a depth of 214 feet in Long Island Sound, New York. MacDuffie’s suit resembles a science fiction robot more than an A.D.S.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; History; Miscellaneous; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: 1911; diver; divingsuit; engineering; invention; oldschool; patent; retro; steampunk; submarinesuit; technology
Nautlius Pictures, Images and Photos The suit looks like it belongs in Captain Nemo's wardrobe
1 posted on 01/21/2013 6:12:17 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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More photos and background info at:

http://www.therebreathersite.nl/12_Atmospheric%20Diving%20Suits/1911%20Macduffee/1911_Chester_E_Macduffee.htm

http://www.retronaut.com/2013/01/chester-e-mcduffees-patented-diving-suit/


2 posted on 01/21/2013 6:13:14 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
Looks like he had the basics down that would later evolve into the JIM suit...

...which has descended to 1,000+ feet.

3 posted on 01/21/2013 6:17:20 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: DogByte6RER

Mysterious man. Was his nickname “Scotty”? Did he suggest making the suit out of transparent aluminum?


4 posted on 01/21/2013 6:21:42 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: DogByte6RER; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
That thing could kick Westinghouse Robot's metal arse any day of the week.


5 posted on 01/21/2013 6:22:05 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: DogByte6RER

That’d take some guts to go down in that.


6 posted on 01/21/2013 6:22:26 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DogByte6RER

It really does look like something out of this world.


7 posted on 01/21/2013 6:25:09 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Was it Zombie-proof?


8 posted on 01/21/2013 6:27:01 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Fair is a place you go to eat cotton candy and step in monkey poop)
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To: DogByte6RER

MacDuffee (what a name) looks like a real man.


9 posted on 01/21/2013 6:28:14 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

MacDuffee’s joints weren’t watertight, so pressure in the suit had to equal the surrounding water, right?


10 posted on 01/21/2013 6:31:41 PM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: DogByte6RER

Dog,
That would look Great in
you’re local duck pond !


11 posted on 01/21/2013 6:33:01 PM PST by Big Red Badger
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To: DogByte6RER

12 posted on 01/21/2013 6:35:52 PM PST by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: DogByte6RER

Reminds me of a Big Daddy.

13 posted on 01/21/2013 6:36:13 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: ZOOKER

If it is not watertight, what is the purpose of the suit?


14 posted on 01/21/2013 6:36:55 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Why the nipples?


15 posted on 01/21/2013 6:45:31 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: ZOOKER

Yes, if the pressure in the suit equals the water pressure it would keep the water out. Sounds like the suit is partially water tight so it would keep most of the water out. So the pump just needs to keep up with the water. At 214 feet its about 7.47 atmospheres.

Diving bells work using a similar process.


16 posted on 01/21/2013 6:48:56 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: chris37
Carmagnolle Diving Suit, 1882 Carmagnolle Diving Suit, 1882
17 posted on 01/21/2013 6:55:40 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

My latent claustrophobia just reared its ugly head.

GET ME OUTA THIS THING!!!!


18 posted on 01/21/2013 6:56:34 PM PST by DManA
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
Bikini clad Israeli with M-16 in Tel Aviv It's obviously a lady's diving suit. But only a badass lady, like this one carrying a M-16 on a Tel Aviv beach, could wear it.
19 posted on 01/21/2013 6:58:38 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

That one weight twice as much and leaked like a sieve.

There were devices as early as 1715 apparently.


20 posted on 01/21/2013 7:06:23 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Thats the kinda diving I like. Trouble is they all look green down around 100 feet.


21 posted on 01/21/2013 7:10:09 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Was it Zombie-proof?

Oh yeah... And obviously vampire proof.

22 posted on 01/21/2013 7:13:29 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: DogByte6RER
Thought this one would have shown up by now - "Danger Will Robinson! Danger!"


23 posted on 01/21/2013 7:14:10 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: driftdiver

that’s why the seat area is so roomy.


24 posted on 01/21/2013 7:16:24 PM PST by rabidralph (http://www.cafepress.com/westernwis)
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102 feet, thats the deepest I’ve been and the deepest I want to go. I’m glad those guys did things to learn but I’d watch safely from the boat.


25 posted on 01/21/2013 7:19:25 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DogByte6RER

That is so incredibly cool...wow!

Thanks much for that pic :)


26 posted on 01/21/2013 7:22:44 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Steam Punk Ping


27 posted on 01/21/2013 8:01:20 PM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
Why the nipples?

For lady divers

28 posted on 01/21/2013 8:02:35 PM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Oatka

That’s the Robot from “Forbiden Planet.” The Lost in Space Robot was already posted at #12.


29 posted on 01/21/2013 10:38:35 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: DogByte6RER

What happens when they set you down on the bottom and that hook thingy comes loose?


30 posted on 01/22/2013 2:41:23 AM PST by JohnnyP
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts; DogByte6RER; spokeshave

“Why the nipples”

Someone could ask you gents the same thing.

I wouldn’t, but SOMEONE could.


31 posted on 01/22/2013 3:17:16 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: higgmeister
That’s the Robot from “Forbiden Planet.” The Lost in Space Robot was already posted at #12.

Oops. :-)

32 posted on 01/22/2013 5:03:35 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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