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Remembering 911: First Person

John Chatterton's view of 911 tower 1 after hit From the trailer

It was only months since I had finished treatment for cancer, and after all the surgery, chemo and radiation, I had not only survived, but I was starting to feel sort of like my old pre-cancer self. I was working

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A Grate Day on the Andrea Doria

For me in 1988, the summer was Doria Season. I was a Mate on Bill Nagle’s dive boat, the Seeker, and for a good part of the summer, we were either in Montauk, NY, waiting for good weather, or anchored

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Send Lawyers Guns & Money

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A few years ago, my friend Richie organized a trip to the Andrea Doria. This infamous Northeast wreck is a challenging dive by any standard you might apply, and the number of accumulated diving fatalities are in the double digits.

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Diving with Stevie Wonder

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My friend Nick called me up the other day and told me about how he was out diving on the Hydro, and had a serious issue with narcosis? The Hydro Atlantic is a beautiful local wreck, 180′ to the sand,

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Titanic

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It was the evening of April 14th, 1912, when the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg, and sank shortly thereafter with unbelievable loss of life. The public has been absolutely fascinated with Titanic since news of the sinking first reached land

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The Unearned Bullhit

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So there I was, having breakfast with my good friend Dr Nick at the usual hotel before the Our World Underwater show in Chicago a few months ago. Nick is one of the most knowledgeable guys I know on the

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The Politically Incorrect Blade

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Once upon a time, I was working as a commercial diver on a job in Newark Bay, in New Jersey. The company I was working for was an established heavy construction company, but this was their first marine construction project.

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Accomplished Bad Divers

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Years ago, when I was crewing on the Seeker, I had the opportunity to dive with some really skilled and talented wreck divers. Much of what I now know, I learned from them. On the other hand, I would occasionally

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Tiny Doubles

JC with his collection of Tiny Doubles

Nothing makes me cringe more than watching a diver enter a wreck utilizing a single tank with a K-valve and a single regulator. With this configuration, in the event of a regulator failure, it may be possible to go to

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Our Diving Heros

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I was talking to my friend Captain Rick a few weeks ago, and he tells me about a group of college students from FAU that he took out diving. They went out on the reefs to collect trash, and get

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