8 thoughts on “Willamette River, 1928

  1. There were divers in the water by sea wall just yesterday. They do a check before the Navy arrives. They didn’t look like this guy, though.

  2. This is a terrific piece of stop action photography, particularly for 1928. Interesting also the date, Sept 29. Most years that would be during the absolute low water period. I wonder if that is coincidence or a nod to the crude apparatus available to the diver. Risky business, great photo.

  3. Diving is not a common occupation. This diver is probably Fred Devine of Portland —or someone he trained. He began diving professionally in the Columbia and Willamette rivers in the nineteen-teens.

  4. ‘deep dark and dangerous’ is an interesting history of pnw salvage divers… available at the maritime museum aboard the sternwheeler
    ‘portland’ on the waterfront.

  5. BACK WHEN THEY ACTUALLY BUILT THINGS WITH QUALITY & EXPECTATIONAL !! CRAFTSMANSHIP THOSE TIMES
    ARE VERY VERY GONE NOW !! WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY THE ERA OF THRASH

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