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Swim Fins - Benjamin Franklin was an avid swimmer from a very young age. Throughout his life he consistently promoted its healthful benefits. At the ripe old age of 11 he invented a pair of swim fins. However, unlike today's foot flippers, these were attached to one's hands. His advocacy for swimming was recognized by his induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968.

Swim Fins - Benjamin Franklin was an avid swimmer from a very young age. Throughout his life he consistently promoted its healthful benefits. At the ripe old age of 11 he invented a pair of swim fins. However, unlike today's foot flippers, these were attached to one's hands. His advocacy for swimming was recognized by his induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN INVENTIONS:  Bifocal Carriage Odometer Extension Arm Ferguson's Clock Franklin Stove Glass Armonica Library Chair Lightening Rod Street lights Swim Fins Urinary Catheter that was flexible  (Painting of Young Ben Franklin by Robert Feke)

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN INVENTIONS: Bifocal Carriage Odometer Extension Arm Ferguson's Clock Franklin Stove Glass Armonica Library Chair Lightening Rod Street lights Swim Fins Urinary Catheter that was flexible (Painting of Young Ben Franklin by Robert Feke)

Charles B. Momsen: The Lieutenant was the expert for underwater rescues...

Charles B. Momsen: The Lieutenant was the expert for underwater rescues...

Submariner wearing a Momsen Lung escape rebreather, 1930. US Navy photo.

Submariner wearing a Momsen Lung escape rebreather, 1930. US Navy photo.

A portrait of Lieutenant Lionel 'Buster' Kenneth Phillip Crabb, RNVR, Officer in Charge of the Underwater Working Party wearing a 'Davis Submerged Escape' Apparatus at Gibraltar, April 1944. Read more about his story here - http://www.divernet.com/general-diving/p302282-how-buster-crabb-died.html   (Photo source - © IWM A 23270) Royal Navy official photographer Coote, R G G (Lt)  (Colorised by Paul Kerestes from Romania) https://www.facebook.com/jecinci/

A portrait of Lieutenant Lionel 'Buster' Kenneth Phillip Crabb, RNVR, Officer in Charge of the Underwater Working Party wearing a 'Davis Submerged Escape' Apparatus at Gibraltar, April 1944. Read more about his story here - http://www.divernet.com/general-diving/p302282-how-buster-crabb-died.html (Photo source - © IWM A 23270) Royal Navy official photographer Coote, R G G (Lt) (Colorised by Paul Kerestes from Romania) https://www.facebook.com/jecinci/

Jean Painlevé with commandant Yves Le Prieur's scuba, redy to shoot underwater films, 17.8.1935.

Jean Painlevé with commandant Yves Le Prieur's scuba, redy to shoot underwater films, 17.8.1935.

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