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July 23, 1946.
2,404,556
R.‘ R. WlRTH
UNDERWATER INSPECTION AND PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE
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Filed April 5, 1944
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Patented July 23, 1946
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(‘UNITED " STATES. PATENT@O‘FFICEI"
UNDERWATER INSPECTION AND, .
I'HOTOGRAPHIN G DEVICE
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Application
Richard‘R.
April
Wirth,
5, 1944,
Westwoo‘tl,
'SeriaLNo.
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529,662"
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3 Claims. (ores-in)
provements in underwater studying devices and
more particularly to a device forinspectingunder
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Numeral I 5 (see Figure 8) ‘denotes a'harn'ess for
provide such a device which may be used for,
looking at underwater marine life or upon which
attaching the device ‘to the rear of a row-boat or
the like and this consistsof' a pair of vertical
spaced parallel members l6, I6 connected by
bridge members l1 and I8 at the upper and lower
graphing underwater life.
Other objects and advantages of the invention .
ing description.
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as at Mtothetube 6.
surface marine life, the principal object being to
will become apparent to the reader of the follow
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is a handle IVZ'having a foot portion l3rsvecured
This invention relates ‘to vnew and useful im
a camera can be conveniently mounted for photo
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portions thereof, thus de?ning a frame, the
corner portions of which can be reinforced by
10 angle members l9.
The lower bridge member [8 has a notched out
In the drawings:
portion covered by cushioning material 20 and c
Figure 1 is a front elevational View of the
this ?ts over the foot portion l3 of the handle I 2.
underwater inspection device with a portion
Straps 20 and 2| are provided at the upper
broken away.
15 and lower portions of the harness frame for em
Figure 2 is a side elevational view of the de
bracing the tube 6 and holding the harness snugly
vice.
in place. Suitable cushioning plates or blocks 22
Figure3 is a fragmentary side elevational View
may be interposed between the harness frame and
showing the device attached to the rear of a boat
the tube 6. The straps 20 can be provided with
and with a camera mounted thereon.
20 buckles 23.
Figure 4 is a bottom plan view of the device
Arms 24 project from the parallel members [6
shown in Figures 1 and 2.
and have apertured heads 25 at their outer ends,
Figure 5 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view
toothed at the opposite sides thereof to be en
through the upper portion of the device and
gaged by the corresponding toothed ends of
25 sleeves 26 and washers 21.
showing a camera mounted‘ thereon.
Figure 6 is a sectional view taken substantially
Numeral 28 denotes a clamp adapted to be
on the line 6—6 of Figure 5 with the camera, hood
and securing means removed.
Figure '7 is a top plan view of the camera hold
ing means.
at its opposite ends for engaging the adjacent
30 toothed ends of the sleeve 26. A threaded mem
Figure 8 is a spread out plan view of the boat
attaching harness.
clamped on to the stem 29 of a boat 3|] and this
has a. projection 3| having a barrel 32 toothed
.
ber 33 is disposed through the heads 25, sleeve
26 and barrel-32 and also through the washers 21
Figure 9 is a fragmentary elevational view
and wing nuts 34 on the ends of this threaded
showing cushioning means for the harness.
member 33 serve to hold these parts in ?xed ad
Referring to the drawings wherein like numer 35 justed position.
als designate like parts, it can be seen that
Numeral 35 denotes 'means for supporting a
movie camera or other camera upon the upper
numeral 5 generally refers to the underwater in
spection device which consists of an elongated
downwardly ?aring shell 8 of preferably ovate
end of the tube 6. This consists of an ovate
shaped band 36 having a. pair of cross members
shape in cross section throughout its entire 40 31, 31 supporting cushion members 38, 38. Inter
posed between the cross members 31, 31 are par
allel members 3K9; 39 for supporting cushion mem
The upper portion 1 of the tube is formed to ?t
bers 40, 40.
the nose and face of a person looking through
The cushion members 40, 40 are intended for
the device so that no light will enter the interior 45
supporting a box-type camera, whereas the lower
and cause a glare on a pane 8 which is ?tted
cushion members 38, 38 are intended for sup
across the lower enlargd end of the tube. Vents
porting a narrow movie-type camera A. (See
9 are provided in the portion of the tube just
Figure 5.)
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below the pane 8. If desired, the pane 8 may
Spring arms 4| project inwardly from the ends
have some magnifying e?ect.
50 of the band 36 and have cushion heads 42, 42
A collar [0 is provided around the upper por
which are adapted to bear against a camera. in
tion of the tube 6 and this has headed projections
the manner shown in Figure 5.
H thereon to cooperate with the camera holding
Numeral 43 denotes a hood for preventing light
means shown in Figure 5.
from entering the tube 6, this having a hem
About midway down the front side of the tube 55 formed
edge portion 44 through which a pull
length.
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string 45 is disposed and a similar hem 46 having
7 a pull string '41 is provided at the lower edge of
this hood.
Straps 48 pass over the camera A and have
loops 49 at their ends for engagement with the
headed projections II, as shown in Figure 5.
While the foregoing speci?cation sets forth the
invention in speci?cterms, it is to be understood
that numerous changes in the shape, size and
materials may be resorted to without departing
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said tube to one side of the boat in upright posi
tion comprising an elongated frame extending
endwise along one side of the tube, straps extend
ing from opposite ends of the frame around said
tube, arms extending from opposite sides of the
frame adjacent one end thereof, a clamp for
direct attachment to the boat, and means con
_ nectingsaid arms to said clamp for swinging of
said frame thereon into different set positions.
3. In an underwater inspection device for at
tachment to a boat, a tube adapted to be at
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claimed
from thehereinafter.
spirit and scope of the . invention
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tached to the boat in upright position, a camera
at the upper end of the tube, and means to se
Having described the invention, what is claimed ; ; ~cure the camera in said end of said tube to project
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1. An underwater inspection device comprising
an elongated tube having a
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transparent, pane. . .,
out, ofthesame comprising a band surrounding
said upper end of the tube, 'a cushion support in
said-band for the lens end of the camera, yield
at the lower end thereof, and a camera attaching
inggarms extending from opposite sides of the
structure at the upper end of the tube including
band toopposite sides of the camera for steady
a cushion support for the lens end of the cam
ing the same and having the cushion ends bear
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,era, yielding arms for engaging thersides of the
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against 7 opposite sides of the camera, and
camera to steady the same, and straps for ex
straps‘extending from opposite sides of said band
tending around the rear, end, of the_ camera to
, holds the same against said support.
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‘2. Inanunderwater inspection device for, at
' tachment to a boat, a tube, and means to attach
across the rear end ‘of the camera.‘
RICHARD R. wiarrn,
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