Capt. Hinman’s Floating Restaurant

Captain Sidney Hinman demonstrating a life suit of his own design.

"Capt. Sidney Hinman, Coney Island Life Guard, eating a midday repast cooked by himself on a raft table he constructed standing in eighteen feet of water while encased in his non-sinkable life-saving suit." Brooklyn Standard Union - Apr 20, 1921

"Demonstrating his safety suit — Capt. Sidney Hinman of the Coney Island life saving guards, recently paddled his way down the Hudson River in a suit designed to keep a person afloat. He paddled along for an hour." Regina Leader-Post - Mar 28, 1922

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 15, 2021
     Category: Restaurants | 1920s

It may have worked but, really, how long would you want to wear that?
Posted by KDP on 03/15/21 at 10:50 AM
I am always reminded by such schemes of this actuality: swimming pool bars:
Posted by Paul on 03/15/21 at 10:54 AM
What about the whole "wait half an hour after eating before you go swimming" thing? Do you eat at his floating restaurant and then just bob there for thirty minutes? Every restaurant already has problems with people lingering after they finish their meal, so this would be a disaster.
Posted by Phideaux on 03/15/21 at 07:25 PM
Well, the disastrous outcome of not waiting 30 minutes would be fewer patrons over time. The good captain isn't looking so good in the floating down the river photo. Maybe he ate at his floating restaurant before embarking but didn't wait 30 minutes afterward...
Posted by Teri on 03/16/21 at 01:04 AM
So, what if the need to go peepee hits you? That would be a real predicament if you're floating around in the captain's waterproof suit. But if you're at one of those hotel pool bars -- hey, no problemo.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 03/16/21 at 09:51 AM
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