"The History of Oilfield Diving An Industrial Adventure" Book by Christopher Swan!Please see the pictures in this auction. They are considered an important part of the description of this item... Please read and understand the auction text completely before bidding. This is a brand new book, never opened and still in its original plastic wrapping. If you have any relationship with deep sea diving, commercial diving or diving in the oil related industry, this book is a must have. This hardcover book measures a big 10.25 X 7.25 X 2.25 inches thick. The History of Oilfield Diving printed text alone runs 774 pages not counting appendix, glossary, conversion table, sources, acknowledgments, and index. The book weighs about four pounds and fourteen and a half ounces! 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 t was no oilfield diving industry. Some people dived for fun. 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, t 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 precarious living diving for abalone, mounted a scuba regulator in an abalone helmet, bought some helium from a hospital supply company and dived to 400 feet. Within days, he had a work order to put a set of helium gear on a drilling vessel. Two years later, his company became the nucleus of the world's first industrial diving concern. And the rest, as they say, is history: a history meticulously chronicled, with superb illustrations, many of which have never been published before. Like any good historical work, this book is packed with exciting stories. Fortunes gained and lost, dazzling innovations, tragic death, heroic rescue, battles with officialdom …you can find all those, and more—together with an exceptionally comprehensive index to enable readers and researchers to find exactly what they are looking for. I sell all of my items on an “as is” basis. I try to give the best description and photos possible so t are no surprises later. As you can see by my feedback, so far, so good. I intend to satisfy my customer before, during and after the sale... Please check my other auctions from time to time for other new & used, hard to find diving related books... Please note: Photographic color reproduction cannot be guaranteed and although I will always do my best to ensure that the pictures give an accurate and faithful lifelike representation, factors such as ambient light, flash and indoor/outdoor photography can sometimes result in subtle differences. The eBay picture system can also affect the colors, as can the calibration on a viewers computer monitor. Digital photography does not always do justice to high gloss and gilded items. On some pictures t may be a date stamp which comes from my camera. It represents the date that the picture was taken. This date stamp is not on the item. All images used in this auction are my property and are not to be used by anyone without written permission from me. Please make sure that you read and understand the simple conditions of this auction before you bid! These are the conditions that you agree to when you bid on and/or win this auction. If you cannot abide by the conditions des...