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Photograph is an image of G. Allan Hancock and research engineer Dr. Maurice Nelles with the benthograph, an automated camera for deep-sea exploration. This photo was taken on May 26, 1950, probably at Hancock Field in Santa Maria, California, where the benthograph was built. Description on back of photo: "Capt. Allan Hancock, left, and Dr. Maurice Nelles with S.C.'s new benthograph designed for deep sea research. It will be used with the marine laboratory ship, Velero IV. Captain Hancock, director of the Allan Hancock Foundation and skipper of the Velero IV, holds the electrically operated motion picture camera designed for use within the benthograph. UNIVERSITY OF SO. CALIF., ALLAN HANCOCK FOUNDATION, MARINE LABORATORY SHIP VELERO IV, BENTHOGRAPH (No 12) MAY 26, 1950."
Hancock, Allan, 1875-1965 Pacific Ocean--Description and travel Santa Maria (Calif.) Allan Hancock Foundation R/V Velero IV (Cruiser) Marine biology--Research--California Underwater exploration--California