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by Kevin F. McMurray

  • ISBN: 0743400623
  • Category: Engineering
  • Author: Kevin F. McMurray
  • Subcategory: Transportation
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Atria; First Edition edition (May 22, 2001)
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • FB2 size: 1906 kb
  • EPUB size: 1254 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
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The Andrea Doria sank when she collided with another ship, the Stockholm, about 50 miles south of Nantucket and 100 miles east of New York City.

It is both and neither the story of diving the Dorea on air nor the memoir of a Dorea diver, and reads more like an anthology of individual articles about the Golden Age of diving the Dorea than a proper narrative of the period. The Andrea Doria sank when she collided with another ship, the Stockholm, about 50 miles south of Nantucket and 100 miles east of New York City.

Deep Descent - Kevin F. McMurray. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. Diving the Andrea Doria. Published by Simon & Schuster. 1. Scuba antic Coast (. 2. Andrea Doria (Steamship) 3. Shipwrecks-Atlantic Coast (. 36. 4-dc21 2001021621.

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Everest of diving, the Andrea Doria is the ultimate deepwater wreck challenge. Over the years, a small but fanatical group of extreme scuba divers have investigated the Andrea Doria, pushing themselves to the very limits of human endurance to explore her - and not all have returned. Diver Kevin McMurray takes you inside this elite club with a hard, honest look at those who go deeper, farther, and closer to the edge than others would ever dream

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This is a great book about diving the Andrea Doria dealing mostly with the deaths that have occured and how they happened.

Once I started, it was hard to put this book down. It is a great read for diver and non-diver alike. This is a great book about diving the Andrea Doria dealing mostly with the deaths that have occured and how they happened. If you have been around this type of diving for awhile you will recognize most of the people mentioned and quoted (Billy Deans, John Chatterton, Gary Gentile and so on).

Deep Descent by Kevin F. McMurray - On a foggy July evening in 1956, the Italian cruise liner Andrea Doria, bound for New York, was struck broadside by another. Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria. By Kevin F. Price may vary by retailer.

By Kevin F. Considered the Mt. Everest of diving, the Andrea Doria is the final word deepwater spoil problem. On a foggy July night in 1956, the Italian cruise liner Andrea Doria, sure for brand spanking new York, was once struck broadside by way of one other vessel. through the years, a small yet fanatical staff 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 lower back. Diver Kevin McMurray takes you inside of this elite membership with a difficult, sincere examine those that move deeper, farther, and towards the sting than others may ever dream.

The author describes his diving expeditions to the wreck of the Andrea Doria and profiles the extreme scuba divers who push themselves beyond the limits of recreational divers to reach this ultimate deepwater wreck challenge.
Reviews about Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria (7):
Daigami
Deep Descent is a book aimed squarely at divers eager to read more about the glory days of diving the liner Andrea Dorea, and as such it presents the reader with a mixed bag. This starts with the format of the book, which is half memoir and half journalistic. As Kevin McMurray himself admits in the book, while he likes diving he is not a devoted wreck diver. He only visited the Andrea Dorea a couple of times while on assignment and never penetrated the interior of the vessel. While he can claim to have been there and done that, he lacks the personal experience to write a full-length memoir about diving and exploring the Dorea on air. Instead, McMurry fills in the gaps between his own visits with the ably recounted tales of others who were major personalities in the “Golden Age” of diving the Dorea.

The result is a book by a capable storyteller, but one that lacks direction. On the one hand, McMurray has the necessary experience to frame the underwater experiences of divers on the extremely hazardous undertaking of visiting a deep, dangerous wreck on air. Also, McMurray was not a major player in any of the New York-New Jersey diving factions that continue to bitterly argue over who-did-what to this very day. Deep Descent is therefore not poisoned by bad writing or partisan axe-grinding.

However, the book lacks the cohesion that makes for a gripping narrative. Deep Descent reads like Simon and Schuster asked for a book about diving the Dorea on short order, and McMurray implies as much when he writes about being asked to create Deep Descent. It is both and neither the story of diving the Dorea on air nor the memoir of a Dorea diver, and reads more like an anthology of individual articles about the Golden Age of diving the Dorea than a proper narrative of the period.

Deep Descent is better written than a lot of books out there about diving the Andrea Dorea, but at the end it leaves the reader thirsting for an even better book on the same subject.
Alsath
Not a literary masterpiece, but the subject is engrossing and the story is told in a very accessible way even to non-divers. There is a lot of the back-story of divers, captains, and shop-owners/instructors and their catty feuds, but some may find that entertaining. The best part, of course, is the diving. Given the sensitivities around responsibility for fatalities, the author does a good job of approaching this as a journalist who talks with everyone involved to get a complete story. As a recreational diver myself, I felt the thrill of deep diving from this book without the risk and expense of actually doing it.
misery
This is a great book about diving the Andrea Doria dealing mostly with the deaths that have occured and how they happened. If you have been around this type of diving for awhile you will recognize most of the people mentioned and quoted (Billy Deans, John Chatterton, Gary Gentile and so on). The deaths and the events leading up to them are described in graphic detail including several photos of the dead divers being recovered. Kevin McMurray goes into great detail in terms of analyzing the accidents including what boat they were diving on, who they were diving with, type of gas being used, type of equipment, the dive plan and such. No attempt was made to sugar coat the tragic events, just the hard details and facts with enough background information on each diver to help you better understand the complete picture.
This book was definetly not written for or about recreational diving. No single tank air dives on pretty tropical reefs and 82 degree water. This book is about hard core wreck divers pushing the limits in deep cold water with poor vis and strong currents.
If you enjoyed 'Last Dive' then you will surely like this book. I know that I couldn't put the book down.
Dozilkree
Thoroughly enjoyed this true chronicle of diving adventures on the historic Andrea Dorian. DEEP DESCENT is a book that complements several other books I've read featuring notable diving icons mentioned herein, giving me a rounded view of these respectable hero's and pioneers of the deep diving community. I appreciate the lessons and warnings it imparts to always have deep respect for the sea and never forget our mortality.
Neol
I agree with the other reviewers in that this was a light read and I could not put it down. However, I was disappointed in that it wasn't quite what I was looking for. It's basically a chronicle of how several divers died on the Doria and of the various back-biting among Doria divers and boat captains. I was looking for more "touristy" stuff, like what the author saw during his dives. McMurray is not overly desciptive in that department, choosing instead to go for the more morbid aspects of an obviously very dangerous sport. The first few body recoveries made for interesting reading, but then I got tired of it. I would recommend Gary Gentile's Dive to an Era for much more interesting reading about conditions on the wreck and what the author saw and did (and Gentile did a lot on the Doria). I'll never visit any of these wrecks, so I can only travel to them vicariously through these authors. Also, Dan Lenihan's book Submerged is a great read on historical diving as well as any of Bob Ballard's books.

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