The Laboratory collection features both historical and current images of the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory facilities, as well as its staff at work, Laboratory Open Houses, and images of the Laboratory's first director, Dr. Lionel A. Walford.
Lionel A. Walford Library, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory
Dr. Walford, the Director of the Sandy Hook Marine Laboratory from 1961 to 1971, emerges from the Laboratory’s two person steel-coated submarine, officially titled Bathyscanner and nicknamed “Schmoo.” The submarine was manufactured and donated by Nixon Griffith, of Towvane Company, to the Sandy Hook Marine Laboratory to observe and study underwater habitats and marine life. Robert Wicklund, a Laboratory scientist and diver, fondly recounted Dr. Walford's descent in Schmoo in the “Proceedings of the Lionel A. Walford Memorial Convocations 1979-1981.” Wicklund remembered to participants, “Although he could barely swim a stroke and it took about 20 pounds of weight to get him just below the surface, he had an incredible interest in diving…He pushed hard to get a diving program started at Sandy Hook and as a result the lab has had one since. When he finally got underwater in this little submarine I mentioned, nicknamed Schmoo, he was a little frightened, but his absolute lust to see what was beneath the sea overcame any of the fears he had. When he went into this tiny little submarine the first time in his life and went down, he was excited as any man, woman, or child could ever be.”
Black and white print, archival folder storage box, lab_p_000196, Walford Library
This item is in the public domain. While there are no restrictions on use, we would appreciate if you provided credit when you use this item to the: “U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory, Highlands, NJ.”
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This item is part of a collection of materials, including photographic prints, slides, and negatives, that were maintained in various locations within the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory since their origination in the late 1960's, and/or donated to the Library upon staff retirement. All materials are part of the Laboratory's Lionel A. Walford Library permanent collection.