Deep, Dark, and Dangerous: Adventures and Reflections on the Andrea Doria.
In 1989, Gary Gentile published the classic book on the Grand Dame of the Sea. Andrea Doria: Dive to an Era has been in print continuously ever since, and has sold thousands of copies worldwide to wreckdivers, armehair explorers, ocean liner memorabilia buffs, and the public at large. The book continues to be one of his best-selling titles.
Dive to an Era is still available. In that profusely illustrated volume, the author chronicled the complete story of the Italian ocean liner after she sank, from Harry Trask's Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of the vessel sinking, through the numerous salvage schemes, commercial diving operations, and photographic expeditions, to the author's personal exploits in the recovery of china, glassware, jewelry, works of art, and the ship's bell - exploits that spanned fifteen years, from the author's first dive on the wreck in 1974.
Deep, Dark, and Dangerous picks up where Dive to an Era ended. The present volume covers another fifteen years of personal exploration of the wreck, from 1989 to 2004. In the following 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 deing there.
The front cover shows (clockwise from upper left) a Coast Guard helicopter lowering a rescue swimmer, a ceramic panel by renowned Italian artist Romano Rui, a detail of a ceramic panel by Italian pottery maker Guido Gambone, and the panel of which the detail is a part in the process of recovery. The back cover shows the Andrea Doria's final moments (from a picture postcard), and the author holding a Rui panel that he recovered from the First Class Cocktail Lounge.
By Gary Gentile.