Dan Scott Taylor was born 19th June 1940, in
Dan joined the US Navy when he was 18 years old and became a torpedo man on submarines, participating in the
Dan decided to build his own submarine. Still working full time, the sub took him over four years to complete. He intended to use it to explore Loch Ness.In 1969, he brought his one-man submersible to Loch Ness. Painted yellow and named viperfish It weighed 5,000 lbs, and was 20 feet long.Dan had to take an umbrella with him as the hatch leaked and on one voyage he couldn’t close the hatch properly. Rather than abandon the dive, he went down until the pressure helped shut the hatch and then pumped the water out. He laughed while others worried for him waiting on the bank of the
Dan had to retire after suffering a stroke in 1995, which left him blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. With the agreement of his wife, he sold his house to finance building a new submarine.The new sub was to be named Nessa after the Celtic goddess of water.Nessa was 42 feet, 30 tons and went at 22 knots. It was to have a biopsy device fitted to collect a piece of skin from the Loch Ness creature for analysis. Powerful halogen lights and infrared cameras were also going to be fitted as Dan’s first attempts at the
This blogger knew Dan personally, and can confirm that everyone whoever had contact with him, would agree he was a gentleman. He had unfailing optimism and a sense of humour. She promised Dan that she would meet up with him at Loch Ness, the next trip he made with Nessa. Sadly it was not to be. The world has lost a fine person with a true pioneering spirit.