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November 24, 2020

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2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Preview: ‘Non-Native’ by Ingrid Dietrich -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

85-year-old Torrance Park to Demonstrate ‘Live Dive’ at L.A. Maritime Museum

At age 85, Torrance Parker, will be suiting up in a canvas diving suit with a brass helmet on Wednesday to perform a live diving demonstration for the public at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

The event will kick off the release of Parker’s second book, 20,000 Divers Under The Sea: A History of the Mediterranean and Western Atlantic Sponge Trades with an Account of Early Deep Diving, which chronicles the history of sponge diving.

Elisabeth Fotiadou, the Counsul General of Greece in Los Angeles, is the honorary host for the event, with all proceeds of book sales going to the ‘Friends of Los Angeles Maritime Museum.’

“Torrance Parker’s amazing career in commercial diving parallels the growth of the harbor since the end of World War II. The Greek sponge divers were his first teachers,” Marifrances Trivelli, Director of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum said in a press release. “We are thrilled to be celebrating Torrance’s accomplishments together with the Greek-American community.”

Parker, a native of Oklahoma, began his diving career at age 16 on a Greek sponge diving vessel during World War II. Parker arrived in San Pedro in 1947 and founded Parker Diving Service Inc., a general engineering and commercial diving firm, which is still operating under the same name, making it the oldest continuously operating commercial diving company in California.

Some of Parker’s diving work includes the construction of southern California’s major post World War II underwater infrastructures. Parker was, at one time, the chief diving inspector for Los Angeles overseeing the following projects: Hyperion Ocean Outfall and the building of the Scattergood Power Plant offshore Redondo.

He was also the chief inspector diver on the Orange County ocean outfall, and the installation of submarine pipelines for Southern California Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. In addition, Parker carried out most of the Port of Los Angeles maintenance and construction work.

Parker’s second book, 20,000 Divers Under The Sea: A History of the Mediterranean and Western Atlantic Sponge Trades with an Account of Early Deep Diving, which chronicles the history of sponge diving, will be unveiled after the dive.

The press release states that the book presents a deep and thorough account of sponge diving from ancient Greece to its current epicenter in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

In the book, the press release says, “Parker chronicles the history of sponge diving, an ancient trade for an ancient organism 600 million years old beneficial for humans through time — from the first sponge trade in the Aegean Sea – to its expansion into the greater Mediterranean area – to the technological change introduced to the Greek sponge fishermen in 1863 with compressed air diving apparatus, and the dangers that deep sea diving presented for those brave enough to take on the challenges before the causes of compressed illness (bends), and the development of decompression were known.”

The live demonstration will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, followed by a book signing and reception at The Los Angeles Maritime Museum, located at Berth 84 in San Pedro.