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
Jack Johnson delivering some Love Letters to the Sea at the U.N. Environment & NOAA’s 6th International Marine Debris Conference. Some of the letters were created at various Love Letters to the Sea events that the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum hosted were on display in the Art Gallery at 6IMDC.
L to R: Jessica Scheeter, Sondra Weiss, Jack Johnson, and Kim Johnson
Santa Barbara Commercial Fishermen honored the memory of Bill Anderson
today. A boatbuilder, Anderson built boats still used today for urchin
diving, and built a boat designed by George Greenough. Dozens of locals
gathered on the waters off of Leadbetter to honor him.
Phil Nuytten co-founded Oceaneering International with Lad Handelman. Oceaneering built the JIM Suit, and went on to become the largest underwater skill company in the world.
Dr. Phil Nuytten, the CEO of Nuytco, is world-renowned in undersea exploration and technology. He has logged many thousands of hours underwater throughout the world, working as a commercial diver, developing equipment and diving techniques for the commercial, scientific, military and technical diving industries.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Nuytten was heavily involved in experimental deep diving and the development of mixed-gas decompression tables. He was a member of the team that completed the first 600fsw ocean “bounce” dives on Project Nesco, and in 1972, he wrote the protocol for “Deep Work 1,000,” the first North Amercian thousand-foot saturation dive. These early projects helped set the international standards in use today. During this time, Dr. Nuytten was the co-founder of Oceaneering International, Inc., which went on to become one of the largest underwater skills company in the world and provided a vehicle for many early subsea development projects.
L to R. the Honorable Minister for Home Affairs Tara Rivers, MLA, Mrs. Suzy Soto, Cert. Hon. Chair Emeritus of The Cayman Islands Heart Fund, His Excellency Governor Anwar Chowdhury, and International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Executive Director Leslie Leaney at the Governor’s Welcoming Reception, Grand Cayman, April 20, 2018.
The first step on the journey to give Santa Barbara a world class library of diving history and associated materials.