Massachusetts Diving Company Is A Part Of History

Helmets on display. Photo/Morse Diving

An article last week on profiled a diving equipment company in Rockland, Massachusetts, that has been a part of American history.

Storefront, photo/Morse Diving

Morse Diving, a nearly 175-year-old company, became famous for making suits that allowed men to work underwater. With these suits, workers could build foundations for bridges, docks and railroads.

Morse Commercial Helmet, circa 1900. Photo/Morse Diving

“I always think about this when I look at our older products,” said Ken Downey, who has owned Morse Diving since 1998 with his wife Donna. “This is the stuff that allowed the infrastructure of America to happen. There were guys who put these suits on to do work that took a lot of guts to do.”

As the oldest manufacturer of diving equipment, Morse is well-known in the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, fire safety equipment and commercial diving circles. The reputation landed Morse helmets and suits on the sets of movies such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Men of Honor.”

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