SEA HUNT INSPIRED KATHY TO DIVE

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KATHY DIVES WITH BEN CROPP AM

January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ben Cropp and Eva Papp (1972)

Ben Cropp and Eva Papp (Mrs Ben Cropp No.2 – see Playing with Sharks’ newsreel).

 

 

Shipwrecks in and around Sydney Harbour

Shipwrecks in and around Sydney Harbour

Ben Cropp story

Ben Cropp story – click to enlarge

WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS SPORT

 

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Kathy’s first documentary ‘Mermaids in Paradise’ when aged 19  (National Screen and Sound Archives)

 

 Ben’s pup ‘Tuffy’ was a TV celebrity

The underwater photography career of Ben Cropp got a boost with his material of a whale shark and diver off Montague Island NSW in 1965. Very rare footage at the time. Although photographed only with 16mm movie film the quality was good and large prints were enabled. National Geographic magazine later using one of the frames over 3 pages as a centrefold. Still pictures went viral around the world and a documentary would have done well with TV sales.

Note the date.

Note the date. August 19, 1691

Ben Cropp book published in 2010

Ben Cropp book published in 2010

MARINE MODEL (KATHY AT MARINELAND, SYDNEY)

January 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Valerie Taylor with the sunfish captured by Vic Ley.

Sunfish captured by Vic Ley.   Val Taylor is the fine model.                 © jhh

Kathy at left gives some basic tips.

Kathy at left gives some basic tips.

 

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Newly found negative (November 2014)

Newly found negative (November 2014)

Kathy in the Marineland tank 1969

Kathy in the Marineland tank 1969

Vic Ley caught this sunfish for Marineland off the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour.

Sunfish captured off the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour.

(Top) Sunfish captured off Sydney’s North Head by Australian spear fishing champion Vic Ley who was paid well for it, equal to about $4000 today.

Sunfish have a huge dorsal fin that is regularly mistaken as belonging to a shark.  A fisherman raced over to Vic’s boat to warn him of the giant shark, before he raced away in his own boat.  Vic double-checked  ‘the shark’ and speared it through a fin and then towed it to nearby Marineland, much to the delight of public relations manager Helen Verstak.

Much of Marineland’s early stock of sea creatures were speared by  divers, especially Wally Gibbins

Helen Verstak PR at Marineland 1968

Helen Verstak  (younger sister of Tania) Marineland PR who purchased the sunfish.

Dr Hans Hass visited Marineland and met Kathy - who he later had lunch with. "O was about equally excited with meeting Dr Hass as I was when meeting The Beatles" (1964) said Kathy in 2013

Dr Hans Hass visited Marineland and met Kathy – who he later had lunch with. “I was about equally excited with meeting Dr Hass as I was when meeting The Beatles” (1964) said Kathy in 2013

 

 The diver with  spear gun  is journalist Mike Perry who interviewed Kathy regarding her deep dive. His story as published in Sydney’s  former tabloid evening newspaper The Sun is included elsewhere within this blog.

(Above) Kathy worked at the original Marineland, in Sydney, since renamed  OceanWorld, even more popular today by offering  for a fee, dives with the toothy but not deadly sharks.

A dangerous silky whaler shark, captured and displayed in Marineland when Kathy was employed as a diver.

The one-piece swimsuit featured in  YouTube’s video has a nice cut – would be well received on the beach today. Lotte aged about 20. Born in 1928 puts the film at 1948 approx.  It appears to have been a ‘screen test’ possibly the first film story featuring Lotte, perhaps before they were married?  Lotte dives well and looks  good with a trim figure and blonde flowing hair.

Charlotte (“Lotte”) Hildegard Hass (née Baierl) (born November 6, 1928 in the Brigittenau district of Vienna) is the second wife of the Austrian naturalist and diving pioneer Hans Hass and worked as an underwater model and actress in several of his films. (Source http://en.wikipedia.org)

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Charlotte Hass "Lotte" frames from her screen test.

Charlotte Hass “Lotte” frames from her screen test.

Maybe a deep water species?

Maybe a deep water species?

Queensland groper "Butch"ran the tank.

Queensland groper “Butch”ran the tank.

Divers wore black as much as possible.

Divers wore black as much as possible, take care when feeding turtles – powerful jaws.

Shovel nose shark

Shovel nose shark

 

Collage of 1975 pictures

Collage of 1975 pictures, at the time Grey nurse sharks were rare ‘in the wild’ due to a severe drought. By 1986 their numbers dramatically increased almost overnight.

320 FOOT DEEP DIVE ON COMPRESSED AIR (KATHY, AGE 16)

September 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

Kathy Troutt used a Tarzan Espadon face mask (Made in France).

Kathy Troutt used a Tarzan Espadon face mask (Made in France).

 

 

Press reports.  Ron Taylor column.

Press reports. Ron Taylor column.

Kathy Troutt’s dive was recognized by the strict guidelines of Guinness Book of Records as a world record deep dive by a woman.

Back on the surface after a very dangerous dive.

Back on the surface after a very dangerous dive.

Back from the brink of certain death


Ron Taylor contributed a monthly column “Flipper Talk” for OUTDOORS magazine and later a weekly column in The Sunday Telegraph

Wally Reynolds – supervised the deep dive (his  own story below).

Wally Reynolds deep dive on a mixture.

Wally Reynolds deep dive on a mixture.


KATHY TROUTT “The Age of Consent”

September 13, 2010 Comments Off on KATHY TROUTT “The Age of Consent”

Near  Dunk Island is Ellison Reef, since destroyed by crown-of-thorns starfish.

Near Dunk Island is Ellison Reef, since destroyed by crown-of-thorns starfish.

Bedara Island is alongside Dunk Island where Kathy was based for her work in the movie "The Age of Consent".

Bedara Island is alongside Dunk Island where Kathy was based for her work in the movie “The Age of Consent”.

DIVING ON SHIPWRECKS, SYDNEY HARBOUR

December 16, 2009 § Leave a comment

Catherine Adamston is a famous shipwreck near the entrance to Sydney Harbor at North Head.

Cinematographer Ben Cropp invited Kathy and Gai Girdlestone (pictured above) along for a dive while he salvaged a cannon.  Both girls attended the same Sydney school in the same class.

The stubby cannon was transported to Marineland aquarium at Manly and placed in their main tank.

Kathy later joined a filming expedition with Gai to dive amongst dangerous sea snakes on the southern Great Barrier Reef.

The resulting documentary was titled  “Mermaids in Paradise” an early and  successful TV adventure by Ben Cropp for the Seven network.

Clump of tea token ‘pennies’ (1967)

Wobbegong sharks can be difficult to see.

Wobbegong sharks can be difficult to see.

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