Diving Helmet

Production date
1890s
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Description
C.E. Heinke & Co. 'Pearler' Diving Helmet, c. 1890s
12 bolt, 3 light (window), Standard Diving Dress Helmet
Part 1: Diving helmet
Part 2: Lead weight
Classification
CH classification MARITIME TECHNOLOGY Diving Diver's helmet
Production place
Measurements
Height 460mm (measured from base of corselet to highest point on bonnet)
Width 341mm (measured between two widest points of of the bonnet and corselet included)
Depth 410mm (measured between the most forward projection of the bonnet/corselet and the furtherest rear projection of the bonnet/corselet)
Media/Materials description
Copper alloy / lead
Signature/Marks
7397
C. E. HEINKE & Cá´¼
LONDON
1.644
HEINKES
PATENT
LONDON
History and use
This helmet was recovered from a pearling lugger which sank in Princess Charlotte Bay during the 1899 cyclone (Mahina). This cyclone claimed the lives of over three hundred people and sank many of the luggers involved in the pearling industry at that time.

Apart from the obvious damage caused to the helmet from the cyclone, there is evidence of multiple repairs being done throughout its working life.
Registration number
MA7500

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