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Aqualung Conshelf VI and vintage rig questions

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by Slonda828, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Instructor, Scuba

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    Nemrod,

    Nice photo from the 1960s. I always enjoy that kind of stuff.

    I've included a photo of me with the parascuba gear on from about 1973. That is why we never went to the SPG for the military diving I did. I remember in 1968 diving with my USAF buddies on an Okinawa reef, completely inside the coral through coral caves. We did that using twin 72s, with only a J-reserve valve. We did not think much about it, although it was an "overhead environment," a term which had not yet been coined. It was so "overhead" that one of the group had to be pulled down as he ascened toward a ceiling, as he almost hit a lion fish twice before being socked in the arm after being annoyed because Billy R. Smith kept pulling him away from the fish. When he realized what had happened, he was pretty happy about being pulled down. That's what buddies are for.

    Bill, concerning the Cousteau patent, I only mention it because it was in the patent that gauges were not nocessary. The patent date was October 18, 1949 (filed March 10, 1947), and the prior art was not mentioned in the pages I have (but my patent appears incomplete). I have 4 pages of it, with the diagrams.

    Nemrod, Skin Diver Magazine ran an article on the Sportsways Waterlung Sea-View Gauge in their October 1968 issue. I have a copy of that article, and will get it scanned and posted soon. I just found it in a file with the patents I have collected.

    John
     

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  2. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Instructor, Scuba

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    Nemrod and all,

    I did find this article, which is dated October 1968, about the SeaView gauge. It was written by Jack McKenney, who I believe was one of the editors of SDM. In it he discusses the older method of calculating the air consumption rate that I mentioned before, and gives the formula used. He also said that he checked through seven books on diving instruction published in the 1960s, and only one mentioned the gauge, and then "in a negative manner because of its expense--approximately $24.00."

    This enclosed article, in PDF format, gives a very good overview of the SeaView gauge, and its practical use for all divers. Sportsways also received a U.S. Patent for the gauge, #3,528,290, which may explain why it took a bit longer to really catch on.

    Concerning Bill Herder of Deep Sea Bill's, I remember him being very unhappy when the Scubapro Stabilization Jacket came out. I don't recall exactly when that was, but Scubapro did publish their dates of innovative equipment in one of their catalogs. I'm trying to find it, but so far, no luck.

    John
     

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  3. DarthWader

    DarthWader Solo Diver

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    sounds like scuba reenacting to me:wink:

    your post struck a chord with me. I picked up a conshelf VI second stage off of ebay for next to nothing and got hooked. I immediately started thinking about all the contemporary pieces I'd need to do a "period dive."
    I now have the plastric back pack (cheap PoS from LP) and am trying to find catalogs and literature from the sixties to flesh out my kit.

    Good Luck!
     
  4. captain

    captain Captain

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    But it isn't vintage. You need something like a U S Divers Cam EZ backpack.
     
  5. DarthWader

    DarthWader Solo Diver

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    I didn't know that. I thoght that style dated from the late sixties.
    what I really want is that military harness that, IIRC you had mentioned in a previous post.

    is that pack period at all?
     
  6. Slonda828

    Slonda828 Divemaster

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    Dude, ask this as Vintage Double Hose and all will be revealed. By the way, now I have a conshelf VI, XI, XII, XIV, and 22, all of which work great. I'm telling you man, VDH is a wealth of information. The aforementioned military harness is sold there as well. Keep in mind, period correct means that it came from the period, so anything sold on leisurepro would not be period correct. I bought a lot of vintage (and not so vintage) stuff. If I could only have one method of rigging my tank to my back, it would be the military harness.
     
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  7. captain

    captain Captain

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  8. DarthWader

    DarthWader Solo Diver

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    I've been to the mountain, and you're right, I was enlightened. didn't mean to derail your post. I was mistaken when I said I had a Conshelf VI, it's actually an XI. it's actually become moot however because I now have an Aqualung DA Aquamaster that I need to get outfitted for. that's why I popped over to VDH.

    And Captain, appreciate you info. I do want a good period hareness. Ironically, right after I bought my backpack (off of ebay), I did another search and found a few original packs.:shakehead:
     
  9. Slonda828

    Slonda828 Divemaster

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    No worries man, you aren't derailing anything. I'm pretty well versed on the conshelves at this point, I have about 9 of them in my dive locker, plus a hydrolung supreme and a nonmag. If you need any help, I'd be happy to help you out. That's one of the things about the vintage community, we're a lot more helpful than most.
     
  10. DarthWader

    DarthWader Solo Diver

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    thanks. Slonda I'll take you up on the
    that conshelf I bought was a fluke. I picked it up for $10.00 (2nd stage only) and was planning on disecting it. thought about maybe even doing a cutaway until it arrived. couldn't believe how sturdy it was. Now all I want is to restore it, and find more!
     

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