Tag Archives: Scuba Diving

Diver Down Flag

divers flag trademark

A diver down flag, or scuba flag, is a flag used on the water to indicate that there is a diver below. In North America it is conventionally red with a white stripe from the upper left corner to the lower right corner. Internationally, the code flag alfa/alpha, which is white and blue, is used to signal that the vessel has a diver down and other vessels should keep well clear at slow speed.

The purpose of the flags is to notify to any other boats to steer clear for the safety of the diver and to avert the possibility of a collision with the dive boat which may be unable to maneuver out of the way. The use of the red and white flag, which was designed and introduced in 1956 by Navy veteran Denzel James Dockery, is required by law or regulation in many US states and Canada, as well as in several other countries in the world. Usually the regulations require divers to display the flag and to stay within a specified distance of it when they are near the surface. As well there is often a larger zone around the flag where no boats are allowed to pass. Some states also prohibit the display of this flag when there is no diver in water. It can be placed on a boat or on a surface marker buoy. (from Wikipedia)

I found it fascinating to recently discover that my dad, through Seacraft Industries, had owned the Trademark for the diver’s flag as their logo. I always knew it was used on Seacraft products, catalogs and marketing materials, but had never thought about it. In the late 1950’s, they applied for and were awarded the right to use the diver’s flag as the registered trademark logo for Seacraft Industries and their products. He did not design or hold the patent to the flag, but when he researched the Trademark and found it was not owned by anyone, he applied for and got it. He said it took three years to go through the process and he still has all the original paperwork, which I’ll get my hands on one day soon for the family history archives. In the meantime, this is a Boston Herald article about it and a copy of the cover of the 1962 catalog, possibly the same one King Hussein of Jordan had placed his order from. https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/obscure-bit-of-interesting-stuff/

E.J. Lefavour

Who Knows Who This Was?

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The man farthest to the right.  This is a three-part quiz.  What was his name, what was the name of the series he originally became famous for, and most tricky – what was his character’s name in that series?  Hint: my father and the other men in the photo were all scuba divers.

E.J. Lefavour

Edward Rowe Snow

dad rex edward rowe snow and jim walton on adventure III

seacraft article in lowell sun_1961

This is a photo of Edward Rowe Snow (far left), Rex Trailer (notice he wore his cowboy boots, even when going scuba diving), Jim Walton of Boston Diving Center and Adventure III, and Willis Lefavour (my dad), aboard the Adventure III heading for a sunken treasure adventure.  Also, a newspaper clipping from 1961 picturing Edward Rowe Snow and Rex, and a story about Seacraft and Adventure III.

Edward Rowe Snow (August 22, 1902 Winthrop, Massachusetts – April 10, 1982) was an American author and historian.  He was a high school teacher in Winthrop, Massachusetts. During World War II, he served with the XII Bomber Command, and he became a first lieutenant. He was a daily columnist at The Patriot Ledger newspaper in Quincy, Massachusetts from 1957-82.

Snow is widely known for his stories of pirates and other nautical subjects; he wrote over forty books and many shorter publications. In all, he was the author of more than 100 publications, mainly about New England coastal history.

Mr. Snow was also a major chronicler of New England maritime history. With the publication of The Islands of Boston Harbor in 1935, he became famous as a historian of the New England coast and also as a popular storyteller, lecturer, preservationist, and treasure hunter. Forty years later, he was still publishing.

He is also famous for carrying on the tradition of the “Flying Santa” for over forty years (1936–1980). Every Christmas he would hire a small plane and drop wrapped gifts to the lighthouse keepers and their families.

In the 1940s and early 1950s he hosted a weekly Sunday radio show for youngsters and early teens called “Six Bells” where one precisely at 3:00 PM would join in hearing of the adventures of pirates and buccaneers along the Atlantic Coast.

Many credit him with saving Fort Warren, located on Georges Island in Boston Harbor, in the 1950s.

In August 2000, a plaque was dedicated to Mr. Snow on his beloved Georges Island.  A Boston Harbor ferry boat was named for him.  (from Wikipedia)

E.J. Lefavour

We’ve come a Long Way Baby

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Today you can pick up a Nikon Coolpix underwater camera for a few hundred bucks and grab yourself some underwater shots pretty easily.  Not so in the old days.  These photos go back to the early 50’s when my dad became fascinated with scuba diving (after seeing the film “The Frogmen, “1951) and underwater photography.  He developed one of the first underwater camera cases, which resulted in his being invited by Jacques Cousteau aboard the Calypso so that Mr. Cousteau could see it.  The model is my mom, Jean Lefavour.

E.J. Lefavour

Obscure bit of interesting stuff

king hussein liked to scuba dive

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Hussein bin Talal‎, Ḥusayn bin Ṭalāl; 14 November 1935 – 7 February 1999) was King of Jordan from the abdication of his father, King Talal, in 1952, until his death. Hussein’s rule extended through the Cold War and four decades of Arab-Israeli conflict.  He recognized Israel in 1994, becoming the second Arab head of state to do so (after Anwar Sadat in 1978/1979).

“He won the respect and admiration of the entire world and so did his beloved Jordan. He is a man who believed that we are all God’s children, bound to live together in mutual respect and tolerance.” (US President, Bill Clinton)

“He was an extraordinary and immensely charismatic persuader for peace. At the peace talks in America when he was extremely ill, he was there, talking to both sides, urging them forward, telling them nothing must stand in the way of peace.” (UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair)

“President Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian people and leadership have received with great sorrow and pain the news,” it said in a statement. The Palestinian Authority

South African President Nelson Mandela believed the death would be “deeply mourned by all peace-loving people.”

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan paid tribute to the late king, praising him for his “lifelong struggle to bring peace”.  (excerpts from Wikipedia)

In addition to being a great leader and persuader for peace, did you know that King Hussein was also a scuba diver?  This is a letter I found going through old papers and photos at my mother’s house this weekend, from King Hussein’s office, placing an order with my father, Willis Lefavour’s scuba diving business (Seacraft Industries) for an assortment of diving related items for His Majesty.  This has nothing at all to do with Cape Ann, but I thought it was cool and worth sharing.

E.J. Lefavour

Check out this Scuba Deal!

Check out this Deal from Living Social! Undersea Divers of Beverly is offering 1/2 off open water scuba lessons. That’s a great discount and a great way to get people to try scuba diving.  I have to say diving is an amazing experience and you should definitely sign up now, so you can be diving all over Cape Ann this Summer!

undersea divers living social deal

Get the deal here!

I was certified at Stage Fort and did it in 45 degree water. If I can do it, you can too! Scuba is what made me want to move to Cape Ann (and Joey’s blog).
Check out my post from a few years back to see some underwater photos I took Diving


There are lots of places on Cape Ann that support diving too– from Boat charters to gear.


Underwater Photographer and Author Andrew Martinez Talks About Sea Life Off The Waters Of Cape Ann

Local underwater photographer Andrew Martinez. Andy is from Wenham and has been diving in New England waters for more than 40 years. He has compiled one of the most extensive collections of high quality images of marine life behavior from New England to Eastern Canada. His book, Marine Life of the North Atlantic, is considered the best guide to this region and is now in its 4th edition with more than 200 new photographs. The presentation will be held Monday, November 15, 7-8:30 pm at NOAA Fisheries Service’s Northeast Regional Office at 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester.

Something tells me our girl Alicia Pensarosa won’t be missing this one.

Scuba Divers- Northeast Great Annual Fish Count (GAFC) 7/24/2010 at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester



From New England Lobsta Divahs messageboard member macado

There will be food and raffle prizes. You dont need to be a member of the New England Aquarium Dive Club to participate but in order to submit a survey and take part in the raffles and prizes you need a REEF ID before the event.
There are about $7000 worth of prizes to giveaway, including a trip to Bonaire.
More information available at Great Annual Fish Count


Participants need to have a REEF Member # prior to the day of the event. A REEF member # is required in order to do a survey and then hand it in to get a raffle ticket.
The process is painless:
•Becoming a REEF member — Click here to Join Reef and follow the directions on the site.
•Already a member, but forgot your REEF member number? Click here to lookup your Member number. If the email lookup is not working, email data@reef.org and they can look up the number.
Most dives begin at 7-8 am and the Volunteer Coordinator at that site sets time.
After the dives, participants fill out their surveys, and meet at Stage Fort Park. The survey papers are handed in and participants get 1 raffle ticket. (1 raffle ticket / diver no matter how many surveys are handed in).The diver can choose what grand prize they wish to go for, only 1 prize per diver can be won.
There will be food and drinks for sale, as well as a touch-tank and many other activities.
The surveys must be handed in by 1:30 pm, and the Raffle is drawn at 2 pm. The Grand prizes are pulled 1st followed by general raffle prizes drawn in order of descending value. When you turn in your REEF survey this year at Stage Fort Park for the GAFC event you will also get a little gift from the NEADC.