‘DiveScrap’Index

the scrapbook of diving history

An interesting chapter in Danish History of diving are the Møller brothers from Kopenhagen who got a royal patent on their diving apparatus on January 20 1837. The Møller brothers were blacksmiths and had dreams about descending to the sea bottom and salvage precious cargo from sunken ships. The patent application explains that the suit for the diving equipment could either be made from leather or from rubber, the helmet was to be made of copper, or any other metal which would resist the water pressure. Several dives were made with the apparatus which was of a dangerous construction but functioned well. The importance of the invention is that it is considered to be the very first helmet diving apparatus ever used in Denmark.

The Möller Brothers of Kopenhagen