Skin Deep Diving
As a diving operator and a company skin deep diving has quite a
history in and around Weymouth when it comes to diving talk.
I took over the helm of Skin Deep back in 1998 from the
late Andy Smith who was the founder of Skin Deep Diving.
Andy started out with a small wooden boat named 'Hunters
Moon' back in the 1970's and was actually one of the first
skippers to develop an effective charter service for divers
as well as the dive ladder with the centre spine prior to
that there were ordinary ladders. His later boats bothl
named Skin Deep, were a Freewood 35 and a Lochin 38 which
I took over from him. Many of you will perhaps remember
Andy and even perhaps went diving with him, so I figured
with the all new look Skin Deep website why not run a page
remembering some of the old days. Skin Deep continues to
keep the regular customers coming back perhaps mainly because
of Margaret Smiths fantastic cooking or could it be that
we still find the virgin wrecks like the old Skin Deep days.
What ever it is we hope you keep coming back and I'll keep
running Skin Deep well into the new millennium and beyond...........
Cheers Ian Taylor.
|Here's some old Skin Deep pictures I've dug
up from the old days, click on them to enlarge.
Above left; That's dave Eavesham with a
couple of bells he brought on the decks of skin deep, one
from the Finnborg.
Above Centre left; A shot of Mickey Steer
and Andy Smith to his right, a shot from way back in the 1970's.
Above centre right; Mickey Steer's got the
the binnacle from the Pomeranian over his shoulder. Click
the image to enlarge you'll see Bruce Grahamslaw to the left
with a blue T shirt on, Roger Webber with his Red Bobble on,
Jeff Betts with a white T shirt on.
Above right inset; A shot of that Pomeranian
Above right; That's a young looking John
Nutting with a proud look on his face, and so he should be
he's just discovered the bell off the Franciska.
years we've had a number of ships bells recovered
to the decks of Skin Deep
To see some of these why not visit the Skin Deep bell
vault click here
Left; Andy Smith and
Dave Wilkins with Amphora and a bell from the Finnborg
Centre; Two of my long time customers &
old customers of Andy~ messers Bill Reid & Alan Dunster
Right; Old Kingston Diver Dick Tye with
a site telescope he once recovered.
Left; News when Skin
Deep Hit the headlines with the discovery of HMS Affray
Centre; Aquazepp scooters on the deck of
the old Skin Deep when the Starfish team were in training
for Britannic 98
Right; News from Diver magazine when we
all sadly lost Andy
Left: These are my so
called mates having their picture taken with me. HMS Limbourne
Centre; A picture of the original Starfish
Enterprise team on the old Skin Deep who were at one time
Right; That's the HMS Limbourne 2002 expedition
team led by keith Morris in the centre of the picture.
Below Left; Perhaps one of the best artifacts
to have been recovered to the decks
of Skin Deep the Dolphin Binnacle stand from the Athen.
Below centre; The helm recovered from the
L H Carl
Right; A picture from the mid 1990's when
everyone including the deep guys used open circuit.