Deep, Dark, and Dangerous: Adventures and Reflections on the Andrea Doria
by Gary Gentile
216 pages, 6x9-1/4,
69 color photos, 6 B&W photos, 4 deck plans
Deep, Dark, and Dangerous picks up where the author's 1989 book Andrea Doria: Dive to an Era ends. This volume covers another 15 years of personal exploration of the Andrea Doria, from 1989 to 2004.
In these action-packed pages the reader will explore vicariously the deep compartments and dark passageways where danger abounds, anxiety is commonplace, fear is palpable, and death is literally a breath away.
In addition to the historic recovery of great works of art, the author recounts in exacting detail the slow but inevitable collapse of the hull, and examines the flood of fatalities that occurred in recent years.
For those who cannot or will not dive on the Andrea Doria, reading Deep, Dark, and Dangerous is the next best thing to being there.
The author also recounts the highlights of his own expeditions-now numbering more than 50-to the famous wreck. Over the years he has photographed and recovered china, glassware, unique pieces of jewelry from two of the ship's gift shops, and works of art that once decorated the walls. The latter are ceramic panels which were specially commissioned for the Andrea Doria, and created by the famous Italian artist, Romano Rui. These panels represent the best in Italian renaissance art.
The Andrea Doria is a ship that did not die upon sinking, but instead found new meaning. She is a time tunnel to an era of transportation now extinct, a remnant of bygone years of transatlantic service. She is a ship that will never be forgotten.
The book is amply illustrated with black and white historical photographs, as well as color photographs of the wreck as it appears on the bottom.
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.