Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 13 Issue 03

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Volume 13, No. 3
Pages 122 - 122

BOOK REVIEW • The History of American Deep Submersible Operations

Hal Palmer
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Dr. Don Walsh of Trieste and Marianas Trench fame opens his Foreword to Will Forman’s book stating… “I cannot think of a more qualified person to write this book.” This reviewer certainly concurs in Don’s endorsement. I had the privilege of a casual but enlightening association with Will when I too worked at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS). I was at the Pasadena Annex and on San Clemente Island while Will was toiling to build the “Deep Jeep” in the middle of the Mojave desert! One of his colleagues, a renowned marine geologist then at NOTS, constantly referred to submersibles as “those backyard death-traps” although he did bump me from a dive in the Cousteau “Soucoupe” when Westinghouse and the Navy contracted it for dives off San Clemente in the early 60s.


Palmer, H. 2000. Review of The History of American Deep Submersible Operations, by W. Forman. Oceanography 13(3):122, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2000.25.