Historic Salvage Video

Research these days! You can’t google something once and be done with it anymore–new material gets posted/indexed/available online every day. Yesterday I searched “Merritt Chapman Wrecking Company” for the first time in a few months and came across this fantastic (if you press mute) video of a 1960s salvage of a floating dry dock.

Here’s the description from the video:

Rare 1960’s 16mm silent film footage of the salvaging of a floating drydock in a river. Unknown location, but possibly the Mississippi River near New Orleans. A tremendous salvage job of a huge drydock. Work performed by the Merritt Chapman & Scott Salvage Division. Some helmet and hookah diving shown.

Amazing stuff! I can only hope there’s more out there.

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