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DESCO MASKS

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DESCO Two Diver

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Third party dry suits

sold by DESCO

 

DEEPSEA B-2 HELMET

Composite Beat Engel

Demand Helmet

 


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Update 11-22-12 

 

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General Diving & Equipment

 Information

 

SURFACE SUPPLIED DIVING

What gear it takes to dive.

 

CONTAMINATED WATER DIVING

 

HELMET CONSTRUCTION

What goes into making

a diving helmet

 

HELMET IDENTIFICATION

Real or Replica?

 

HELMET DETAILS

Features of the various

helmet models

 


 Company

History

 

COMPANY HISTORY

How DESCO started

 

DESCO PEOPLE

Those who built DESCO

 

DESCO PRODUCT HISTORY

General product history. Catalogs, significant orders, etc.

 

OLD EQUIPMENT

Discontinued DESCO Products

 

MIXED GAS & REBREATHERS

DESCO A, B, C Rebreathers Recirculating Helmets 

 

DESCO SPORTING GOODS

SCUBA Lungs, Water Skis, and Miscellaneous Water Sports Products

 


Galleries

 

MEDIA

Magazine or News

articles related to diving.

Links to online diving videos.

 

GALLERY 1

DESCO company photos

and photos from our archives

 

GALLERY 2

Commercial Diving Photos supplied by customers

 

GALLERY 3

Classic equipment &

hobby diving photos

 

GALLERY 4

Photos of helmets from

other manufacturers

 

GALLERY 5

Photos of equipment

 in museums

 

GALLERY 6

Photos from some of

our repair projects

 

GALLERY 7

DESCO Historical Item Collection

 

GALLERY 8

Miscellaneous Photos,

Old diver and/or equipment photos

 

 

About Us


 

Diving Equipment & Salvage Company (DESCO) was formed in 1937 as the manufacturer of the newly designed diving equipment by Max Nohl and Jack Browne.

 

DESCO Corporation manufactures equipment for the commercial diving industry, represents other companies complementary  products, and offers repair services to the collector and classic equipment diving community. We also make solid wood water skis. DESCO manufactures our products in our Milwaukee shop. You may not think of a inland city as a hub of diving activity but Milwaukee has a long tradition in hyperbaric and diving science. The history is covered in detail on our company history page. Milwaukee was known as the "Beer Capitol" but during the war we also were known as "The Nation's Machine Shop". Virtually all the metal components of our equipment are fabricated in Wisconsin. DESCO has long standing relationships with many local suppliers.

 

Our longevity in the industry has resulted in DESCO making many friends and business contacts around the world. In instances where another companies products may complement our own lines we will forge alliances and offer those products along side ours.

 

The history of DESCO can be found in the Historical Section of this website.

If you would like to learn more about DESCO's product line please go to our online catalog at: www.divedesco.com. DESCO is a distributor for Viking Dry Suits, Composite Beat Engel DeepSea Lightweight Helmets, and Broco wet welding rods. DESCO also sells a line of jewelry, accessories, and apparel with a diving theme.

Contact DESCO Corporation at:

 

DESCO Corporation

240 N. Milwaukee Street

Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-272-2371    414-272-2373 FAX

Office/shop hours are Monday to Friday 6am to 2:15pm US Central Time.

 

Company e-mail: sales@divedesco.com

Ric Koellner: ric@divedesco.com

Christian Koellner: christian@divedesco.com

Bill Pelky: bill@divedesco.com

 


 

DESCO Diving Helmets

 

We offer the DESCO Air Hat and a full range of classic style breastplated helmets . All of our helmets are surface supplied free flow type. Every diving helmet we build is fully functional.  Our U.S. Navy Mark V and Helium helmets conform to the USN Bureau of Ships drawings. They are not replicas. The U.S. Navy Diving Helmets have been in continuous production since 1942. All DESCO Diving Helmets are made to industry standards.

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

In addition to the DESCO Air Hat we offer 16 different standard models of classic style diving helmets, made in our shop. 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 1.    U.S. Navy Mark V

 2.    U.S. Navy Helium (old style and double exhaust style)

 3.    Commercial 3 Light

 4.    Commercial 4 Light

 5.    Commercial Nuclear

 6.    Commercial Fisheries

 7.    Lightweight Commercial

 8.    Sponge

 9.    Abalone

10.   Agar

11.   Browne Commercial

12.   Lightweight Fisheries

13.   One Light Shallow Water

14.   Four Light Shallow Water

15.   Browne Utility

16.   Stillson Concept Helmet

 

To learn more about the individual helmets please see the DESCO HELMETS page.

 

 

Special request/order helmets.

 

DESCO has on three occasions produced limited edition helmets for the Historical Diving Society.

 

The first was the 80th Anniversary USN Mark V Helmet (1915-1995). The second was the DESCO 60th Anniversary Abalone Diver's Helmet(1937-1997). These two series were limited edition runs of 20 helmets. The third limited edition helmet was the USS Squalus Helium Helmet. These helmets commemorated the raising of the USS Squalus in 1939. The series was limited to 26 helmets in memory of the 26 souls lost in the sinking. All the HDS helmets had special tagging and markings.

 

We can supply presentation helmets with engraved tags. We can customize standard helmets by mixing and matching parts from other models. To learn more about the Special Order helmets please see the SERVICES page.

 


 

Masks

 

First developed during WWII the DESCO Browne Diving Mask was a primary piece of diving apparatus in the USN for forty years. Still available in Commercial and Pool Cleaning models. Please see the DESCO MASKS page for more details on DESCO Masks.

 


 

Other Diving Products

 

Diver's Equipment

 

Weightbelts: DESCO makes the heavyweight and Quick Release Lightweight US Navy style belts. We also make a cartridge belt style pocket weightbelt.

 

Weighted Diver's Shoes: DESCO offers US Navy style diver's shoes with uppers made of Cordura Nylon, Leather, or White Canvas (for historical divers). The outer soles are either Lead (heavyweight), or Brass (lightweight). The Brass soles are available with a rubber over sole glued in place to protect decks.

 

US Navy Diver's Knife: The classic style tubular Brass sheath with a screw in blade. A navy standard since 1927.

 

Communications: The DESCO Two Diver telephone.

 

Fittings: DESCO offers many different fittings to adapt air supplies to helmets. Also we can provide air control valves, non-return valves, helium adapter valve, jetting nozzle, and communications adapter caps.

 

 

Classic Helmet Parts

 

DESCO is a recognized leader in supplying replacement parts for old diving helmets. Where an original part can't be found in many cases we can borrow a piece from a associate collector and have a reproduction cast from it. While the new part will be smaller than the original (due to shrinkage during the casting process) the new part will adequately replace the missing item.

 

 


 

DESCO also sells products from these companies:

 

 

     Ansell Protective Products - Viking Dry Suits

    290 Forbes Boulevard

    Mansfield, MA 02048

    Phone: 774-719-1444  

    Toll Free: 800-344-4458

    FAX: 508-261-1449

    E-Mail: tvi.usa@trelleborg.com

    Website: http://protective.ansell.com/en/Products/Viking/

 

To learn more about drysuits and accessories DESCO sells please see the DRYSUITS page.

 

 

    Composite Beat Engel

    Bubenbergstr. 36A -  2502

    Bienne - Suisse

    *41 (0) 32 322 46 36

    *41 (0) 32 322 46 40 FAX

    Website: www.composite-be.com

 

 

To learn more about the CBE DeepSea helmet please see the DEEPSEA B-2 HELMET page.

 

 

    Broco Inc.

    10868 Bell Court

    Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

    909.483.3222 
    909.483.3233 FAX 
   
Website: http://www.strongweldingproducts.com

 

 

         

                                                                                                        

  Desmond Stephan Mfg. Company

  P.O. Box 30, Urbana, Ohio 43078 

  (937) 653-7181

  (937) 653-5511 FAX

  Website: http://www.desmond-stephan.com/index.php/swirl-off