Big crowd at the harbor Saturday to watch Morning Song, go into the water for the first time. It took 25 years to build it in Ken & Loretta Minor’s backyard.
Before the rain hit this morning, the Ranger was pulled out of the water to head to dry dock for needed maintenance. View video
Mike Von Alvensleben is the ninth individual from Santa Barbara to be inducted into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame. (SBCC Marine Diving Technology Department photo)
Santa Barbara City College’s Marine Diving Technology Department has announced that retired faculty member Mike Von Alvensleben has been inducted into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame at the recent Association of Diving Contractors annual convention in New Orleans, La.
A former commercial diver and member of the U.S. Navy UDT/SEAL Team 12, Von Alvensleben began training professional commercial divers at SBCC in 1983.
Upon his retirement, he established the Kirby Morgan Professional Dive Center in Santa Maria, which trains law enforcement and public safety dive teams.
Von Alvensleben joins nine other pioneering Santa Barbara divers into the prestigious Commercial Diving Hall of Fame. The trophy is currently on display at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
SBCC Professor of Marine Technology Don Barthelmess said, “Mike is an outstanding diver, dedicated colleague and instructor. He created the molds that helped shape thousands of diver’s careers and made our industry and program safer.”
— Don Barthelmess is a professor in the SBCC Marine Diving Technology Department.
From left to right is Past Board President Ken Clements, current Board Member Elsbeth Kleen, Jimmy Young and Jeney Young (former owner of McConnell’s Ice Cream, and Greg Gorga, with a portrait of Lady Hamilton, the mistress of Lord Nelson. Retired British Navy Commander Alex Morrice gave a talk on Lady Hamilton at the SB Yacht Club recently.
On Friday, January 29th the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum honored two pioneers in the field of Commercial Diving, Lad Handelman and Bob Kirby. Lad started out as an abalone diver here in Santa Barbara, and went on to start two international diving companies, CalDive and Oceaneering. Bob teamed up with Bev Morgan to form Kirby Morgan Diving Systems, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and continues to be the world leader in the manufacture and sale of commercial diving helmets.
Both men received NOGI Awards from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, an honor James Cameron says is more difficult to win than an Oscar. Neither Lad nor Bob were able to attend the NOGI Award ceremonies, so the Maritime Museum invited 200 of their closest friends to celebrate their great achievements here in their home town. To learn more about these two pioneers visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. KKFX News video
The Point Conception first order Fresnel lens has stood watch for nearly 160 years, guiding ships safely around the “Cape Horn of the Pacific.” The Point Conception lens was designed and built in Paris, France in 1854, using a refracted prism system designed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel. The lens was first lit on February 1, 1856. Because of persistent heavy fog at higher elevation, a second lighthouse was built on the lower bluff, and the lens was moved in June, 1882. While the lens saw many vessels meet their ultimate fate in this “graveyard” of the Central Coast, the light also saved and provided safe passage to thousands of vessels over the years.
SBMM engages in their second year of marine science classes aboard Stardust, a 65′ local sport fishing vessel in the Santa Barbara Harbor. For two weeks, from January 25 to February 5, about 400 children from elementary schools and after school programs participate, many of whom have never been on a boat or out on the ocean. They venture out on the vessel to view dolphins and seals, and troll for fish. Back at dockside, they separate the fish from kelp, play with mud samplings and examine plankton under a microscope. Their teachers have noted these experiences are life changing for the students. This year the program is hosted by SBMM at no cost through the generous support of our donors, local foundations, and our members. For more information contact Emily Falke, Director of Education at email@example.com or 805 962-8404 ext. 111