Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria

By Kevin F. McMurray

On a foggy July night in 1956, the Italian cruise liner Andrea Doria, certain for brand spanking new York, was once struck broadside by means of one other vessel. In 11 hours, she could sink approximately 250 ft to the murky Atlantic Ocean flooring. due to a bold rescue operation, basically fifty one of greater than 1,700 humans died within the tragedy. however the Andrea Doria remains to be taking lives.

Considered the Mt. Everest of diving, the Andrea Doria is the last word deepwater ruin problem. through the years, a small yet fanatical team of maximum scuba divers have investigated the Andrea Doria, pushing themselves to the very limits of human persistence to discover her -- and never all have again. Diver Kevin McMurray takes you inside of this elite membership with a troublesome, sincere examine those that cross deeper, farther, and toward the sting than others might ever dream.

Deep Descent is the riveting actual tale of the human spirit overcoming human frailty and of fearsome, mortal hazards traded for a hard-core adrenaline rush. Chronicling those adventures in his page-turning narrative and in dozens of dramatic images, McMurray attracts us deeper into the chilly middle of the unforgiving sea, giving us a strong imaginative and prescient of a spot to which few will ever have the talents -- or the braveness -- to head.

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Along with operating journeys out to the Jersey wrecks, Nagle took divers as much as the USS San Diego and the Oregon for in a single day journeys. In 1988, John Chatterton, a advertisement diver and an skilled deep-wreck diver, poked round at the Doria and discovered the way to get into the world of the third-class eating room. No diver had ever been within the third-class eating room, “tourist class,” because the Italia Line detailed it. vacationer classification made up the biggest contingent of passengers aboard the Italian liner, and for Chatterton that intended extra china, it all as much as this time untouched through divers.

On a scorching and muggy summer time day. The Stockholm was once no longer in a category with the Andrea Doria. in-built 1948, the stark white Stockholm, with its unmarried, yellow smokestack, used to be 525 ft lengthy, and her most sensible velocity was once a decent eighteen to nineteen knots. Her sharply pointed bow used to be bolstered for following icebreakers, a need for the northerly routes she needed to take to arrive her Nordic locations. The Stockholm, a compact send, was once a testomony to the frugal methods of the Swedes. She carried in simple terms 534 passengers, opened up over her successfully laid-out seven decks.

The hot York tabloids christened Linda Morgan the “miracle woman. ” below her personal energy, the Swedish send finally limped again to manhattan with 1000s of survivors from the Andrea Doria. even if Thure Peterson regained attention and controlled to loose himself from less than the particles of what remained of his cabin, forty-three passengers at the “unsinkable” Italian send died. With its ice-breaking bow the Stockholm struck deep into the center of the Andrea Doria. All seven reduce decks were uncovered to the ocean within the form of a V lower than the wheelhouse.

My private sympathy is going out to their friends and family. evidently there are numerous one of the dwelling whose beneficiant contributions, memories, recommendation, and course have been worthwhile in my project. Captains Steve Bielenda and Dan Crowell are ultimate between them. i'm thankful for his or her persistence and time in recounting the background of diving the Doria, the technical features of diving operations, getting me out and again adequately to the dive web site, and reliving the painful stories of the injuries at the Doria that experience left indelible imprints on their psyches.

Murphy, striking at the Sea Inn’s line, signaled again that he used to be ok. yet Murphy was once pushing his cut-off date at the backside. After his alternate of signs with Crowell, Murphy appeared underneath him for Napoliello. Visibility used to be sturdy, approximately fifty ft, yet he observed no signal of him. Even after the harrowing event contained in the damage and Napoliello’s strange wanderings as soon as outdoor the hull, Murphy was once nonetheless convinced that Napoliello knew what he used to be doing. With that concept Murphy made his sluggish ascent up the ocean Inn’s anchor line.

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