Herman Wolter was born in Prussia in 1839. At 17 he went to sea, working as a sailor for 15 years. While on an American merchantman bound for India, he was captured by the Confederate cruiser Alabama, off the east coast of Africa, and sent as a prisoner to Baltimore. Upon his release, he enlisted in the Union Navy. He participated in the second battle of Fort Sumter and the battle of Fort Moultrie. After the war, he settled in Philadelphia and began his career as a diver. In this work, he was involved in raising sunken ships, and he did much work in the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers on bridge and road construction projects. He died in 1901.
This collection documents the diving career of Herman Wolter. Materials include a scrapbook of news clippings about Wolter and about other divers and salvage operations; bill heads and letter heads of businesses involved in construction, engineering, dredging, and others fields related to Wolter’s work; and business cards of other professional divers. Most of the businesses represented are in Philadelphia, Camden, Delaware, and the surrounding region. The scrapbook includes a small amount of correspondence concerning diving equipment. The collection also includes a framed photograph of Wolter in a diving suit, and framed newspaper obituaries for Wolter.
- Deep diving
- Diving–Equipment and supplies
- Delaware River Bridges (maybe sort of a stretch)
- Delaware River (also a stretch)
- Diving Gear