“Bathyscaphe Trieste and the History of Manned Deep Submergence” with Bob Fishback
Serious manned exploration of the deep oceans began in 1930, when American biologist William Beebe was lowered over 1,300 feet into the ocean in a tethered “Bathysphere” co-designed with engineer Otis Barton. Successive inventors, explorers and entrepreneurs went on to perfect the technology and techniques of exploring the deep oceans. Over the next quarter Century, manned exploration of the deep oceans evolved from a scientific curiosity into a strategic national imperative. Swiss inventor Auguste Piccard’s ‘underwater balloon’ provided the first means for man to productively explore the water column and seabed. Bob Fishback describes the evolutionary journey that Piccard’s “bathyscaphe” Trieste took from its beginnings as a unique science experiment to becoming a strategic U.S. cold war asset. And, in many respects, back again.
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center is pleased to host its 2019 Summer Speaker Series, a summer-long series of lectures and presentations drawn from the resources of the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum, the Summer Science program, and member-suggested topics related to our mission.