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Wonders of the Deep: Williamson Submarine Expedition, Taking Submarine Motion Pictures, Using Natural Sunlight during the day and mercury vapour lamps at night. Divers on wrecks and native divers gathering coins.

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Taking Submarine Motion Pictures (continued)

Native boys diving for coins

Some idea may be obtained of the powerful rays of the tropical sun from the fact that they were able to photograph objects under the sea at a distance from the camera of one hundred and fifty feet. In this way the party secured some extraordinary submarine pictures, which amounted to about twenty thousand feet of film. They took native boys diving for pennies and scrambling for them at the bottom of the deep.

Mr. Williamson in diving dress exploring old wreck under the sea

They took a photograph of George Williamson in his diving suit, searching for treasure near a wreck, while a column of bubbles boiled up from his helmet. They also took a picture of a native diver swimming through a sea forest of palms and ferns, then seated on the bottom of the ocean fanning himself with a purple sea-fan.

Midnight photography: Native diver swimming under the powerful mercury vapour lamps

Then, just to add the final touch to their adventures beneath the sea, they took pictures at midnight with the aid of their Cooper Hewitt, which were hung over the side of the ship and lowered down below the surface of the water. They obtained by this means some splendid pictures. One film was of a diver moving among myriads of small fish that swarmed about him, attracted like moths by the electric light. They discovered that a tapping sound on the observation glass would attract the fish, and they could see them turn and listen and then come swimming towards them.

The Governor of the Bahama Islands descending the Williamson submarine tube

While the expedition was at Nassau the greatest interest was shown in their submarine investigations by scientists and others, and several distinguished persons, including His Excellency the Governor of the Bahama Islands and his wife, gratified their curiosity by paying the Americans a visit and descending the tube to the observation chamber. They were amazed, and marvelled at the remarkable sights that they saw from the observation chamber, and declared that the Williamsons were without doubt the pioneers of a project which would startle the entire world with its wondrous possibilities, and which would one day be worked out to the benefit of the universe.


Natives Diving for Coins

Seabed Vegetation

Mercury Vapour Lamps

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