National Geographic : 1963 May
KODACHROME() N.G.S. Chamber bobs like a cork as it surfaces with Stenuit after his record dive. With in ventor Link directing, crewmen hoisted the cylinder from the sea during a lull in a storm. "I am shaken like dice in a cup," Stenuit wrote in his log. "Through the port holes I see the dark sky, then the ship, then the water, all dancing a mad ballet." and chief diver; Dan Eden, English chief en gineer; two English sailors, Pete Hudson and Roger Woods, and the Greek cook, whose name Ioannis had become Johnnie. Ed Link Makes the First Major Dive By August 10 Link was ready to sail to Villefranche-sur-Mer to carry out his trials. Within the great sweep of Villefranche Bay he could find whatever depths he might need without leaving sheltered waters. This highly picturesque French harbor is the Mediterranean headquarters of the U. S. 724 Sixth Fleet-another point in its favor. Here we moored to a buoy in 65 feet of water enough for the moment. That afternoon, the inventor made a trial dive using compressed air, which gave me my first experience of seeing him in action. The cylinder was hoisted from deck and lowered into the sea, where it floated vertically, nine tenths submerged. Jay Elliott was sent down to open the hatches. Without ceremony, Ed Link then jumped into the water, wearing frogman's equipment -black rubber suit, swim fins, face mask.