First underwater movie

Last updated: March 23, 2020 at 19:15 pm

1914John Ernest Williamson and his brother George used the Williamson Photosphere to produce the first underwater movie. The hour-long film titled Thirty Leagues Under the Sea includes a scene where Williamson battles with and kills a shark with a knife in the Bahamas. The metal tube used by John-Ernest Williamson to take underwater photographs was originally designed by his father, Charles, for salvage operations. The barge carrying the tube and the photosphere, was christened the Jules Verne, in honour of Williamson’s inspiration.

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