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Underwater house floating in the sea, Malta
An underwater, inflatable house floating in the sea, about to be lowered to the seabed by students on the coast of Malta. The house was anchored to the seabed, some 50 feet deep, in Paradise Bay. It was equipped with lighting, telephone and immersion heaters with which the inhabitants could make hot drinks. It was constructed by teams of engineers and diving enthusiasts from Imperial College of Science and Technology and Enfield College of Technology. It was 9ft long and 6ft wide, constructed from rubberised material (the orange dome seen in this picture) on a steel frame, and weighed around 500 lb. The team leader was David Baume who hoped it would be the first of a series of low cost underwater living spaces from which scientists could explore the seas. David and some other team members were able to spend a night 30 feet below the surface. The following day a severe storm caused the house to collapse. Date: 1969
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