Iron man diving suit will be unveiled at Gosport museum

NEW The Iron Man
NEW The Iron Man
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IT looks more like a clunky suit of armour than a diving outfit.

But this atmospheric diving suit was once used to send people to 320ft below the surface of the sea.

It will now form part of a series of new exhibits at Gosport’s Diving Museum, in Stokes Bay, Gosport, this year.

The ‘Iron Man’ diving suit will be installed at the museum on Good Friday between 9am and 10am.

John Bevan, from the museum, said: ‘It is unique.

‘A man could dive to about 100 metres depth while remaining at atmospheric pressure inside the suit.

‘He did not have the decompression problems of a deep-sea diver.’

The diving suit has been transported to Gosport from a museum in Cornwall.

It was built by a German company, Neufeldt and Kuhnke, at some time before the Second World War.

Other new arrivals at the museum, in Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, include historic diving chambers and diving bells.