Nation's Attic Diving Into History 2023

20,000 Jobs Under the Sea Commercial Diving History

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20,000 Jobs Under the Sea: A History of Diving and Underwater Engineering, by Torrance R. Parker. 1997, Sub Sea Archives, California. 354 pages with numerous b&w photos. 1998 Second Printing. One of the essential books in any diving library written by one of America’s foremost commercial diving authorities. 23 Chapters, Four Appendix sections, Notes, Credits, Index. Hard bound in color dust jacket. If you are involved in the international commercial diving industry or are studying diving history or commercial diving equipment you will have already heard about this book. It is the Gold Standard of American commercial diving history. After completing this book Torrance developed and built a permanent commercial diving exhibition at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, which connects to various chapters of the book. Torrance Parker began his lengthy and successful diving career back in 1945 aboard a sponge diving boat out of Tarpon Springs, Florida. His time spent among these hard-working Greek immigrants left an indelible impression on him. He later attended the Sparling School of Deep Sea Diving and was tutored by E. R. Cross. He started Parker Diving Services in 1947 and the company still operates to this day. His lengthy and successful career has been recognized by his induction into The Commercial Diving Hall of Fame and the Historical Diving Society’s Diving Pioneer Award. He passed away at his home in California on March 27, 2017. 1,000 copies of this book were published in 1997 and sold out immediately. Another 1,000 were printed in 1998 and again sold out swiftly. Used copies list up to $1,000. This is a new, unused, book in mint condition, with a mint dust jacket. “If you value diving history this is a ‘must have’ book”. — Bev Morgan. Chairman, Kirby Morgan Diving Systems.

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