The Danzerlee Light

Submitted by Spicewood

Thursday, 25 March 2010

A friend of mine here in Newark, William Danzerlee, worked for many years for the Newark Lighting Company in their R & D Department. During the course of his time there, he himself devised a lighting system and a new type lamp that worked extremely well under water. He had spent a few summers while in college working for Cousteau, and new the problems that they faced.

Two months ago he called me and told me that he finally had a fully developed product and needed to somehow get it tested. He knew I had spent some time in Mexico when I was in the Navy and needed my help in finding a location, a boat and a diving crew to test out his new light.

I gave him some contact names and directed him to Hidalgo, Mexico, a location which afforded very deep water and a number of experienced divers and an ample fleet of boats. He made some calls and immediately gathered up his equipment in his van, called me, and we headed for Mexico.

After arriving and getting rooms at the Rosarito Hotel, we lined up a 46' boat, and made the rounds of the offices looking for a competent diver to make the dive for us. We found the best, Jose Morales, a very experienced diver.

The next morning we boarded the boat, loaded all the gear, and headed for the Miguado Vault, which afforded the deepest water. Upon arrival, the Captain stopped the engines, dropped anchor, and excitement filled the air. Bill was getting all his gear together while the diver put on his diving suit. They checked the communication system, it was working, so the diver went over the side.

It took a short time, it seemed like an eternity, till the diver reached the pitch black bottom. They made a few adjustments to equipment, and Bill told the diver to "turn on the light."

A few breathless moments went by, and Bill uttered these monumental words, "Jose, can you see, by the Danzerlee Light?"

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