Sept 8th, is the 95th anniversary of the sinking of the Cuba at San Miguel Island. Also 95th anniversary of the Honda Naval Disaster. Learn more at SBMM.
SBMM is listed number 16 on the what to do in Santa Barbara with kids.
SBMM says Bon Voyage to Membership Coordinator Ian Kirkpatrick as he heads to Humboldt State University to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Anubis Point, San Miguel Island. Although not an official place name, its origin dates back 110 years ago. On 20 July the 1908, the 382-foot German freighter SS Anubis with a crew of 65, was en route from San Francisco, California via Mazatlan, Mexico then onto Hamburg, Germany when it stranded on San Miguel Island in fog. The vessel was off course due to a faulty compass and strong currents, later explained by its master, Captain Albert Vol Salzen. Captain Ira Eaton was in command of several vessels that off loaded 1800 tons of cargo in a month’s time, the vessel was carrying flour, barley, lumber, dynamite, tallow, salmon, syrup, rice and machinery. The cargo of barley sacks in the lower holds swelled up as seawater penetrated the steel hull, helping to seal some of the holes caused by the stranding. Anubis was eventually pulled off the rocks by the tug Goliath on 11 August, towed to Cuyler Harbor for temporary repairs before being towed to San Francisco for further repairs by the Union Irons Works.
The Santa Cruz Island Foundation’s dedication ceremony of the monument now on our patio,
honoring the twelve air men who died when their B-24 crashed on San Miguel
Island during WWII. Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of the crash.
Statement from the Board of Directors of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame on Lee Selisky – a Class of 2019 Inductee.
In an extraordinary announcement, the Board of Directors for the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) has announced the first member of the 2019 induction class as Mr. Lee Selisky.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Cayman Islands Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism, The Hon Moses Kirkconnell, said, “Lee is the founder of the Sea Pearls Company, a former President of the Dive Equipment Manufacturing Association (DEMA) and a founding Director of the ISDHF. Lee has embodied his motto of leading by example with everything in his life work, career and truly exemplifies the passion of “giving back”. I can’t think of no greater honor than to enshrine Lee into one of the institutions he helped to create – the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.”
The rest of the 2019 class of inductees will be announced at the DEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada later this year. The 2018 induction ceremony for Stephen Frink, Dick Rutkowski, Dr. H.S. Batuna, Wulf H. Koehler, and Boris Porotov, along with Early Pioneer Award honouree, Captain Philippe Tailliez, will take place 14 September in Grand Cayman.
SBMM Board Member Cindy Makela has been inducted to the Specialty Food HOF
We are very sad to announce the passing of commercial diving pioneer Bev Morgan. A former abalone diver, Bev was the world’s leading designer of commercial diving headgear and life-support equipment. In 1965 he partnered with Bob Kirby to form Kirby-Morgan Diving Systems (now called Kirby Morgan Diving Systems International), which to this day, is the leading manufacturer of commercial diving helmets, with facilities in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.
“Bev was a pillar of both the commercial and recreational diving industries and was one of the most universally respected men I have ever met. He helped his friend the late Ramsay Parks establish Santa Barbara City College’s Commercial Diving Program, as well as being one of the first recreational SCUBA Instructors and diving educators in the United States. His pioneering commercial diving equipment designs and life-long innovations are the standard of the industry worldwide. His equipment will most certainly be used 50 years from now. Bev was an accomplished surfer and photographer. His images captured his exciting experiences and travels in both diving and surfing and reflected his passion for the preservation of its’ history. Bev’s humble presence and guidance will be missed.”
-Don Barthelmess, SBMM Board of Directors Vice President