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The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

Education of an Engineer: Stevenson and the diving suit

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In ‘The Education of an Engineer’, RLS talks about his attraction for the activity of the sea divers and their diving suits:

Only one thing in connection with the harbour tempted me, and that was the diving, an experience I burned to taste of. But this was not to be, at least in Anstruther; and the subject involves a change of scene to the sub-arctic town of Wick…. To go down in the diving-dress, that was my absorbing fancy

In a small sketch book used as a notebook now in the Beinecke Library (Notebook V), there is a crude drawing (right), showing a diver’s helmet. RLS was in Anstruther and Wick in the summer and autumn of 1868. The notebook is later: it contains material from the years 1875-77.

(The Beinecke now allows readers to take photos with their own digital cameras – this is one of the first I took; I hope to improve.)

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Written by rdury

05/09/2012 at 11:39 am

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