USCGC Antietam (WPC 128)
Patrol vessel of the Active class
|Navy||The United States Coast Guard|
|Built by||American Brown Boveri Electric Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||24 Jul 1926|
|Launched||30 Nov 1926|
|Commissioned||25 Jul 1927|
|Lost||14 Sep 1944|
Renamed Bedloe on 1 June 1943.
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Notable events involving Antietam include:
1 Dec 1937
On December 1st, 1937 the USCGC Antietam while stationed out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was used as a dive platform for a famous deep dive in Lake Michigan that set the world's deep dive record of 420 feet. The world renown diver, Max Nohl, designed the revolutionary suit and along with Dr.Edgar End, both from Milwaukee, developed the heliumoxygen breathing mixture that allowed such depths to be reached. In April of the same year the Antietam was used by the same team of divers to test their new ideas and equipment and while doing so made the first live underwater broadcast to a national audience by NBC. As a result of the success of the equipment and breathing gas, the Milwaukee corporation Dive Equipment and Salvage Corporation, DESCO, was formed and became the major supplier of diving helmets to the US Navy and still is in the business today. (1)
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