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Miller Dunn Divinhood Style 3

What kind of helmet did a diver use when they were working in shallow water? The answer, at least for the United States Navy was the Miller Dunn Divinhood. Throughout the 20th Century, the US Navy Standard shallow water diving helmet was made by Miller Dunn.

The example above is a Style 3, used mainly during the 1940s, with lots of use during World War 2. This type of helmet didn't require lots of extra equipment and months of training. All you needed was a small air pump, a hose, and someone to pump the air to you. The lead weights on the front and back of the helmet kept it comfortably sitting on your shoulders while you worked or explored the depths.

The easiest way to identify this type of helmet is by the ID plate. These were applied to the divers right side, just above and behind the window. The ID plate states DIVINHOOD STYLE 3. Navy Standard. Miller-Dunn Co, Miami, FLA.