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Hall of Fame 2009
From 19th century film makers to Skin Diver photographers

The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame announced at the Dive Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) trade show in the US that it will induct six new members in just a few days.
The 2009 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame honourees are: the late Kimiuo Aisek (Truk dive shop owner), Howard Rosenstein (Red Sea Photographer), the late Larry Smith ("World's Greatest Dive master" helped set up dive operations in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Indonesia) , Geri Murphy (former Skin Diver Magazine photographers) and 19th century underwater movie makers brothers George and J Earnest Williamson.
Each year the Cayman Islands hosts the annual The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony, where the pioneers, artists and entrepreneurs are presented with prestigious awards for their contributions to the sport. The event will be held on January 29, 2009 at
The Pedro St. James castle in Grand Cayman, the Cayman Islands. There will also be a film festival and special dive excurisions over the induction weekend. www.scubahalloffame.com

cutline - the late Kimiuo Aisek as pictured on his recently published biography.

George Purifoy Dies At The Wheel Of His Dive Boat

North Carolina wreck hunter and dive shop owner George Purifoy passed away in September after suffering a heart attack. Mr. Purifoy, the owner the Olympus Dive Centre in Morehead City, NC, died at the helm of his dive boat while taking a charter group wreck diving. He was responsible for finding many of the wrecks (including a Germany U-boat) that make Morehead City a North American wreck diving centre.
A memorial fund has been set in honor of Mr. Purifoy. Donations may be made to Divers Alert Network, George Purifoy Memorial Research Fund, 6 West Colony Place, Durham, NC 27705.

cutline: the late George Purifoy

Tarzan underwater set builder makes donation to US College

Wisconsin’s Beloit College recently received a $1.4 million donation from a man who built underwater sets for Tarzan movies. James E Lockwood was an oil company owner, an inventor, explorer and sometimes an underwater movie set builder.
Lockwood passed away in 2003 in Florida; he graduated from the school in 1934.
According to the school, after Lockwood completed his education in Wisconsin, he befriended a deep-sea diver and together, they apparently created the first diving lung, seven years before Jacques Cousteau invented the double-hose scuba regulator. He worked on the underwater sets of 12 Tarzan movies from 1932 to 1948. In 1957, he sold his Lockwood Oil Company and began traveling the world, pursuing his passions for scuba diving and archaeology. He is credited with the discovering of an ancient Haitian temple on an island off the north central coast of Haiti.

Recent Find Driven By Families Of The Lost Sailors

The US Navy confirmed in October that wreckage found by an Alaska expedition in 2007 is that of a long-lost submarine. The wreckage was spotted on sonar off the Aleutian Islands in 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) of water.
According the Alaska television station KTUU, the Navy is saying that the wreckage is that of the U.S.S Grunion which disappeared during World War II. The sub was last heard from on July 30, 1942. The family of the Grunion's last commanding officer hired the expedition to locate the wreckage.

cutline: The USS Grunion


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