They risked their lives diving down to 230 feet over the course of years. The ship's real challenge lay in exploration. It familiarizes you with the tools and methods of the sport and manages to evoke both the dangers and the thrills. I need to know more! Men sometimes got disoriented or ran out of air or lost their minds from narcosis and died on the Doria. He manages large infodumps with enough grace to keep the pace going. Wreck diving, the subject of this riveting read, adds a bevy of other hazards to the diving danger equation. Non-divers will thank Kurson for avoiding much of the gear porn that often clutters the stories of men taking part in highly technical pursuits.
Archival documents have established that the U-boat was sunk by two American destroyer escorts. But to divers like Nagle these trinkets represented exploration, going off the charts. This was one of those books sitting on a shelf waiting to be read from 2004 and I had heard from various people that it was a great story. The authors writing style made this story come alive!. A single day on the open Atlantic in a sixty-five-foot boat will turn intestines inside out; Nagle and his cohorts had been out for four days in a thirty-five-foot glorified bathtub. Knudson conveys what drives these men through the sheer power of description and story.
He knew the ship's anatomy, and as he imagined it coming apart he could see the whistle settle, right where that seemingly worthless piece of pipe lay. There were points where I had to remind myself that this wasn't fiction. Where Into Thin Air delves into the politics and risks of climbing Mt. A dive instructor will do that. Liked it, gave it four stars.
Now, Blind Man's Bluff shows for the first time how the navy sent submarines wired with self-destruct charges into the heart of Soviet seas to tap crucial underwater telephone cables. Author Robert Kursons account of this quest is at once thrilling and emotionally complex, and it is written with a vivid sense of what divers actually experience when they meet the dangers of the oceans underworld. Shock waves rippled through the diving community. Bill Nagle was not alive when this mystery was solved, succumbing to cirrhosis after a lifetime of drinking. During that time, three of their colleagues died exploring the wreck, including a father and son team.
Chatterton dove to find himself and Kohler, on this mission especially, to find the identity of seamen in order to bring a sense of closure to their families. I'm amazed by the sheer dedication from Mr. Best book I've read in five years. There was no way I was ever going to read a book about scuba divers discovering a U-boat under 230 foot of water off the New Jersey coast without serious prodding. But not just a submarine -- a German U-Boat from the Second World War! There is another issue to be considered.
Yet by conceiving the Doria as a single, breathing organism rather than as detached, twenty-foot chunks of wood and steel, Nagle and the others allowed themselves to look in unlikely places. The Shipwreck Hunter chronicles his most intriguing finds. The purpose of Scuba Fundamental is not to teach you how to dive. This takes them almost 7 years to wade through the red tape and brick walls that seem to interfere at every turn. Contains a great deal of crude language which may be offensive to some.
This is where the hangers-on and wannabes and also-rans and once-greats keep believing in the sea. And she was deep-180 feet at her shallowest and 250 feet where she crushed the ocean floor. This is the story of two brave divers, John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, and how they solved these mysteries. In doing so they paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame. As the lives of the men connected with the boat and her discovery were fleshed out I felt myself drawn purposefully, by author Robert Kurson, into the mystery and historical aura of the wreck.
Kurson spends a lot of time focused on Chatterton and Kohler, including lengthy diversions into their backstories. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Kohler's desire to let the families of the U-Boat men know the truth is something that I appreciated, applauded and agreed with. He devoured academic texts, reference works, novels, blueprints, any material he could uncover on historical ships, until he could have stood in the dockyards of a dozen eras and built the boats alongside the workers. A crack team of U. Nagle earns a reputation as a top-notch diver and his diving charters business is thriving. Part of what made it interesting for me was that I never want to dive.
This is a true story of discovery. Mostly, though, I remember loving the men and their devotion to this wreck. This incredible true adventure is one of my favorite Audible listens. There were no survivors to tell the tragic tale. A former top hand tool salesman, Nagle also becomes an excellent deep sea shipwreck diver as a young man, at a time when the sport is new and much of the modern safety equipment has not yet been developed. Not only is the tale of the discovery and exploration of the U-boat engaging in the extreme but so is the quest to identify the lost vessel.
What was it doing there? I need to know more! Looking back on it, I'm not too sure why he did so. In terms of finding the right material, writers of adventure nonfiction just don't get any luckier than this. What was done to discover its provenance and how it came to be there? Which would you opt for? He had never yearned for vision. The wreck was so deep, dark, and dangerous that decades after her sinking, entire decks remained unexplored. The hazards, the danger, the insistence of certain divers to keep going back and back again, and yes, back again. In those days, deep-wreck diving was still the province of the adventurer. In 1997, when it all seemed in vain, the two divers came up with a final plan, so dangerous that the book ends with this last dive.