2016 Art Bachrach Literary Award Winner

I heard late last week that I've been awarded the 2016 Dr. Art Bachrach Literary Award by the Historical Diving Society (UK) for The Heroic Age of Diving. Given in recognition of significant contribution to the literature of diving history. (pic from a previous recipient). My first writing award!

Bridge Engineering Nerds

I'm not a bridge engineering nerd (yet), but I have been following the new Tappan Zee Bridge construction for one reason: the "I Lift NY" derrick-crane, which is officially the Left Coast Lifter. Here's what it looked like yesterday from the Nyack public viewing area: The Left Coast Lifter is one of the largest, if... Continue Reading →

SCUBA, circa 1855

While preparing book talks for my forthcoming title, The Heroic Age of Diving, I came across a long forgotten, failed attempt at self-contained underwater breathing apparatus--in 1855! So far, no other experts I've checked with recognize Levy's name. However, Levy was not the only one working on the concept in the late 1840s and early... Continue Reading →

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