Category Archives: My Blog

Remembering 911: First Person

I was working as the diving supervisor on a job under the World Financial Center, across West St. from the World Trade Center. When they built the World Trade Center, instead of trucking the fill from the excavation to Jersey, they used it to make more Manhattan. Back in the 70's when they built Battery Park City they used the fill from the WTC excavations.

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A Grate Day on the Andrea Doria

Andrea Doria at AnchorFor 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 above the wreck...
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Send Lawyers Guns & Money

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. It is not for everyone. 

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Diving with Stevie Wonder

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, but only about 130' to the main deck. Nick is a solid diver, and works as a Divemaster and boat crew, and the Hydro is a place he has been to numerous times. Nick went down to a modest depth, tied in, and was stupid narked almost immediately. He did not recover until he came up. He asked, why?

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Titanic

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 the next day. The incredible degree of coincidence, the scope...
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The Unearned Bullhit

Doria_2So 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 subject of decompression theory and physiology,...
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The Politically Incorrect Blade

John Chatterton Commercial DiverOnce 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...

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Accomplished Bad Divers

[caption id="attachment_457" align="alignleft" width="300"]Seeker The Seeker[/caption] 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,...
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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 an octopus, but you do not have a redundant first stage regulator. You cannot shut...
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Our Diving Heros

[caption id="attachment_73" align="alignleft" width="270"]3 Trash_small FAU Underwater Clean Up at South Florida Diving Headquarters[/caption] I was talking to my friend Captain Rick a few weeks ago, and he tells me about a group of college students from...
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