MARINE PEOPLE PORTRAITS

Wally Gibbins and the bell he salvaged from SS Yongala
Wally Gibbins and the bell he salvaged from SS Yongala
Kathy Troutt - teenage mermaid model
Kathy Troutt – teenage mermaid model

Lindblad 1981

Alan Badger
Alan Badger
Ben Cropp AM in 1996
Ben Cropp AM in 1996
Ron Taylor AM in 1965
Ron Taylor AM in 1965

 

Brian McKenna in 1971
Brian McKenna in 1971

1-1-Chesterfield WGM 1

Captain Wally Muller

Alby Ziebell
Alby Ziebell

 

Christine Danaher
Christine Danaher
Irvin Rockman CBE in 1973
Irvin Rockman CBE in 1973
Richard Weir, pearl diver, deckhand, Australian junior champion spear fisherman.
Richard Weir, pearl diver, deckhand, Australian junior champion spear fisherman.
Christine Danaher at Pixie Pinnacle 1991
Christine Danaher at Pixie Pinnacle 1991
John H Harding 1997
John H Harding 1997
Whale shark underwater photo's at Seal Rocks was big news in 1967
Whale shark underwater photo’s at Seal Rocks was big news in 1967
Gordon Beaver at home 1980
Gordon Beaver at home 1980
Australian champion, Alan Badger at a Long Reef weigh-in 1970
Australian champion, Alan Badger at a Long Reef weigh-in 1970
Shark speared at Point Lookout 1965
Shark speared at Point Lookout 1965
Paul Wilmont and friend at Middleton Reef 1971
Paul Wilmont and friend at Middleton Reef 1971

Fathom 2 …… Ron Isbell and SEA HUNT

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Launched in 1968 Sea Hunt catered for snorkel divers within the Capricorn and Bunker Group offshore from Gladstone. It was several years before Sea Hunt installed an air compressor for scuba tanks.

Simultaneously (in 1971) Captain Wally Muller of Coralita was organising the first of many Coral Sea expeditions. On board, an air compressor and free air – very popular in this era of expensive air fills. It set a trend and free unlimited air fills became a standard that remains today.

Ron Isbel Reef  (sic) in The Swain Reefs will be a lasting memory for this great pioneer diver.