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The suit was designed by Siebe, Gorman and Co., a London-based engineering firm run by William Augustus O'Gorman (1835-1904). Mr Gorman - he dropped the 'O' - was the Limerick-born son of an Irish sea captain who started his career by manufacturing ice-making machines for his German-born uncle, Augustus Siebe. He subsequently became the senior partner in Siebe's company, which had been developing diving apparatus since the 1830s. After Mr Gorman's death, the company was taken on by Vickers, the weapons manufacturers, under whom it produced the standard diving dress and helmet used by the Royal Navy during the First World War.