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Why Tritonia?

Tritonia has a number of links with diving, water and marine life:

Tritonia is a genus of sea slugs, nudibranchs, shell-less marine gastropod molluscs in the family Tritoniidae.

Tritonia Antarctica
Tritonia antarctica Pfeffer, 1886. Photographed in McMurdo Sound, 2008.

The Greek goddess Athena is often given the epithet Tritogeneia (Τριτογένεια) or "Triton-born” and it is thought that she may have been “born of the water itself”; Athena is occasionally referred to as Tritonia.  She was the goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and war, which may or may not define the present staff of Tritonia Scientific.

Triton was the bi-monthly magazine of the British Sub-Aqua Club from 1963 to 1978.



Tritonia Diving Armour

Pioneering British diving engineer, Joseph Salim Peress, invented the first truly usable atmospheric diving suit, The Tritonia, in 1932.

In September 1930, Peress' assistant Jim Jarret dived in the suit to a depth of 123 metres in Loch Ness. The suit performed perfectly, the joints proving resistant to pressure and moving freely even at depth. The suit was offered to the Royal Navy which turned it down, stating that Navy divers never needed to descend below 90 metres.  In October 1935 Jarret made a successful deep dive to more than 90 metres on the wreck of the RMS Lusitania off south Ireland, followed by a shallower dive to 60 metres in the English Channel in 1937 after which, owing to lack of interest, the Tritonia suit was retired.