The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 78
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 78

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F4 Palm Beach Post-Times. Sunday, Nov. 10. 18 Florida Made To Order For Oceanography Oceanography, newest of glamour Industries, is rapidly establishing permanent bases In Palm Beach County. There are 5,000 scientists working along Florida's 2,500 miles of direct coast line on sea projects ranging from weapon testing to building submersibles. The long finger of land separating the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, and the accessibility to the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf Stream is made to order for controlled Investigation of the sea's mysteries. A vacationing couple walking along the Boca Raton beach were surprised one day when a skin diver, equipped with snorkel and a short-han dled hoe, emerged suddenly from the sea. His belt bristled with transparent plastic bags holding live specimens and shells. His explanation: As a zoology instructor in a nearby school he found it an advantage to take a walk along the bottom of the sea once in a while to gather samples for his class work! He was only doing a less sophisticated Job of exploration than done by many professional firms located in the county. Florida Is first in expenditure among the states on oceanographic activity, with $200 million going annually to research and education. Of the 11 universities with programs in ocean engineering and marine sciences, Florida Atlantic University at Boca Raton established the first undergraduate ocean engineering programs in 1965. FAU offers master's and bachelor's degrees in sea biology, and a bachelor's degree in ocean engineering. It is proud of Its 14-foot underwater laboratory designed, built and donated by Perry Submarine Builders, Inc., in 1966. Sunk in 42 feet of water, it can be entered from the water or through a unique dry transfer system from a submarine. The Perry group pioneered small exploratory and work submersibles for years from flW o o i Mm) r I.-.- .iSWBf &J1 Its Riviera Beach plant. It sold its first Cubmarlne in 1962. It builds and leases underwater craft to underwater research and development firms. Earlier this year West Palm Beach divers working from a Perry-built submarine set a world's diving record by spending 30 minutes on the ocean floor at a depth of 700 feet. This was done in a six-week controlled experiment of 40 dives in the Bahamas. More than a dozen scientists and technicians made dives and participated In the expedition lead by inventor Edwin A. Link. Link heads a firm, located in Riviera Beach, that does research on decompression. By the use of these Perry submersibles, Link's group was able to put men at extreme depths, allow them to work long periods and recover them within hours. By older, slower decompression methods, a 24-hour stay underwater at that depth would have required a week's time for decompression. Not all research done in the area has to do with probing the underseas, but it is worthy of note that Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., has doubled its Port of Palm Beach facility to include 24,000 square feet inside and 20,000 square feet outside for preparing and testing not only vessels that swim under the seas, but others that are actually airborne and skim the waves. It started with a testing facility for Its 75-foot Flagstaff gunboat. The gunboat is a hydrofoil-equipped vessel which carries heavy armament in four feet of water with normal hull operation. At high speed it lowers the hydrofoils, which skims the heavy craft over the water's waves at better than 40 or 50 knots. Grumman then brought in an 88-passenger hydrofoil of, similar dimensions to evaluate i i the possibilities of passenger runs into the Bahamas, or coastal-wise to Miami. The firm has not neglected undersea work. It has also equipped the Ben Franklin at its Palm Beach Port shops for a 1,500-mile undersea Journey drifting with the Gulf Stream from here through to Nova Scotia in Canada. The six men on the six-week journey will be headed by Dr. Jacques Plccard, famed Swiss underseas experimenter. RCA Service Co., together with TRW Systems Group, provide engineering and operational support for the $100 million AUTEC (U.S. Navy Atlantic Undersea Test & Evaluation Center.) AUTEC, from its West Palm Beach base, operates the center on Andros Island, 177 miles away in the Bahamas. Here more than 500 men, scientists, military and technicians operate a sophisticated battery of computers and Instruments to test systems of underwater weaponry, sonar detecting and acoustics in three ranges located on the Tongue of Ocean. Big Three Industrial Gas & Equipment Co. is a local supplier of industrial gases used both in aircraft research and underwater. Franklin GNO Corp., a pure research group, is deslgntng measuring devices to solve problems. Ocean Science Engineering Corp. has one of its nine world-wide offices located here. Ocean Sciences has a staff of oceanographers, geologists, naval architects, physicists and engineers available to design and engineer systems and methods for men to work profitably on or below the sea. ' Pratt & Whitney, the local research arm of the giant United Aircraft Corp., has also sent Its thoughts to the sea. In mid-year it announced Its public tests for a new waterjet propulsion system for surface and underwater craft. The new waterjet system, operated by a 450-horsepower jet engine, and developed in West Palm Beach, sent a 32-foot express cruiser flying over the waves In excess of 40 knots. 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