SEALAB I

 

 

 

 

 

Picture: SEALAB I

Photo Date: 1964 Credit: OAR/National Undersea Research Program (NURP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEALAB I was a 40 x 9 cylinder without windows. It housed four aquanauts for eleven days during which time they performed physical and biological experiments with ultrasonic beacons, current meters, and an anti-shark cage. It was first tested in the waters off Panama City, Florida, in 1964 and then moved 26 miles southwest of Bermuda and lowered to a depth of 200 feet. SEALAB I tested and proved the concept of saturation diving and laid the groundwork for SEALAB II and III.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture: Diver sitting on SEALAB I, feeding the fish.

 

Picture: Shows SEALAB I diver in action.

 

 

Feeding the fish

 

 

SEALAB I tested and proved the concept of saturation diving and whether divers living at 200 feet beneath the surface could accomplish work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pictures below are from Walt Mazzone's archives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture: Interior of SEALAB I.

 

Picture: Topside communication center for SEALAB I.

 

 

Interior of SEALAB I

 

Walt Mazzone and Dr. George Bond at the topside communication center for SEALAB I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture: SEALAB I in dry dock.

 

 

SEALAB I on the deck of its transport vessel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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