by Gary Gentile,
160 pages, 6x9-1/4,
179 color photos,
The Andrea Doria, once the pride of the Italian Line, now lies on her starboard side in over 240 feet of cold North Atlantic water. Since her sinking in 1956, the Andrea Doria has held a magnetic fascination for divers. The author, with over 100 dives to the Doria, knows the lure well.
This is the gripping story of dives to penetrate the darkened corridors of this still majestic liner. Included are accounts of Peter Gimbel's dive hours after the Doria sank, as well as many other expeditions. The author's own dives to the gift shop and china room are described in hair-raising detail. The recovery of the ship's bell by an expedition of which the author was a part, is a highlight of this volume.
Dramatic black and white, and color photos illustrate the sinking, the divers, the artifacts, and the beckoning rooms deep inside the ship's interior.
About the Author
Gary Gentile started his diving career in 1970. Since then he has made 1,000's of decompression dives, over 180 of them on the Andrea Doria. He has specialized in wreck diving and shipwreck research, concentration on wrecks along the East Coast, from Newfoundland to Key West, and in the Great Lakes. He has written dozens of articles for magazines and has published thousands of photographs in books, periodicals, newspapers, brochures, museum displays, film and television. He lectures extensively on wilderness and underwater topics, and conducts seminars on advanced wreck diving techniques and high-tech diving equipment. He is the author of more than three dozen books: primarily science fiction novels and nonfiction works on diving, and nautical and shipwreck history. His works include the Popular Dive Guide Series of shipwreck books along the East Coast. He served in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam where he was severely wounded.
"His edge-of-the-seat anecdotes about violent storms at sea and disorientation in the darkness...will certainly reinforce the image of the wreck as the ultimate macho dive...the next best thing to being there."
-Cathy Cush, columnist for several dive magazines