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G. Allan Hancock and Dr. Maurice Nelles, with benthograph
Allan Hancock College
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1950
Contributing Institution
Black Gold Cooperative Library System
Hancock Collection
Rights Information
Allan Hancock College
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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 probably taken in 1950 at Hancock Field in Santa Maria, California, where the benthograph was built. The benthograph was inspired by an earlier attempt with a manned diving vessel called a benthoscope, which broke a record for manned deep diving but failed to produce useful photographs. Hancock commissioned Dr. Nelles to produce an automated camera that could operate at great depths. The benthograph was tested in 1950 and produced hundreds of deep-sea photographs before being lost off Catalina in 1952.
1 photograph : black and white ; 4 x 5 in.
Hancock, Allan, 1875-1965
Pacific Ocean--Description and travel
Allan Hancock Foundation
Underwater exploration--California
Marine Biology--Research--California

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