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val wilson atop alvin

Ride 'em cowboy

DSV Alvin pilot Valentine Wilson sits atop the research submarine, shown in its earliest incarnation in 1966 (the external shape and design have been altered a bit over the years). After Wilson came back from a trip to the Bahamas sporting a red beret, the hats were adopted as a badge of camaraderie among the members of the Alvin group. (Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)


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