Pelkey's  patent can be read here:  LINK

 

 

During the summer of 1891, Oliver Pelkey made headlines sporting a diving suit with metal rings designed to support it against water pressure. Pelkey descended successfully to Pewabic, but on his second dive, he became entangled in debris and the suit collapsed. He made headlines a second time when his lifeless body was hauled from the wreck.

 
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A  Design patented in 1889 by Oliver Pelkey, is of little merit. It is not a completely armoured dress, the armour (in two portions) only covering the head and trunk. Over this is worn an ordinary diving-dress, the arms of this, however, being stiffened by long wire spirals, a device which found much favour with later inventors.
Source: R.H. Davis, deep diving and submarine operations

 


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