Gary Gentile's Lusitania Shipwreck Books
Gary Gentiles Shipwreck and wreck diving books.
 
 
 
  The Lusitania Controversies
Book One: Atrocity of War and a Wreck-Diving History
ISBN 1-883056-06-3, hardcover 6 x 9 vertical, 312 pages, color dust jacket, 47 color photos, 34 black & white photos.

THE LUSITANIA CONTROVERSIES: The Lusitania is one of the most notorious shipwrecks in seafaring history, not only because of the circumstances of her sinking - the result of a German torpedo - or because of the enormous loss of life that resulted, but because the wreck has come to symbolize what is achievable in the realm of underwater exploration.
These two volumes tread all new ground - and water. The untold story that you will read in the pages of these books you will not have read before. The Lusitania Controversies begins with the construction of the largest liner afloat at the time of her launching, in 1907. The story proceeds swiftly into war, then takes the reader on a breathtaking sweep through wreck-diving history - from its meager beginnings in the 1950's to the epic-making mixed-gas diving expedition in 1994 - and beyond.
The Lusitania Controversies is also an intense, action packed autobiography of the world's foremost shipwreck explorer.
Book One covers the ship's career and loss, analyzes the controversial aftermath, explodes the myth of conspiracy, examines the impact that the sinking made on history, and recounts the early attempts to salvage and dive on the twisted, rusted remains. Following the historical narrative is a fascinating look at the early days of wreck-diving: when basic scuba certifications did not yet exist, when numerous wrecks lay waiting to be discovered, when decompression was a little understood concept, when pony bottles and decompression reels were invented, when original wreck-diving techniques were developed and particular skills honed.
This is not a documentary but an adventure tale that is full of drama: from the war torn jungles of Vietnam to the deep dark depths of the Mud Hole. Here there is tragedy as well as triumph, death contrasted to hairsbreadth escapes, and events of great importance in the refinement of a specialized activity. This face-paced story will keep you on the edge of your seat and wishing there were more. Book One pauses at the end of the 1970's.

     
   
     
  The Lusitania Controversies
Book Two: Dangerous Descents into Shipwrecks and Law
ISBN 1-883056-07-1, hardcover 6 x 9 vertical, over 300 pages, color dust jacket, color and black and white photos
THE LUSITANIA CONTROVERSIES: The Lusitania is one of the most notorious shipwrecks in seafaring history, not only because of the circumstances of her sinking - the result of a German torpedo - or because of the enormous loss of life that resulted, but because the wreck has come to symbolize what is achievable in the realm of underwater exploration.
These two volumes tread all new ground - and water. The untold story that you will read in the pages of these books you will not have read before. The Lusitania Controversies begins with the construction of the largest liner afloat at the time of her launching, in 1907. The story proceeds swiftly into war, then takes the reader on a breathtaking sweep through wreck-diving history - from its meager beginnings in the 1950's to the epic-making mixed-gas diving expedition in 1994 - and beyond.
The Lusitania Controversies is also an intense, action packed autobiography of the world's foremost shipwreck explorer.
Book Two begins where Book One ends: at the start of the 1980's - the decade of the Doria.
The Andrea Doria is synonymous with deep wreck-diving. Lying at a depth of 240 feet in unpredictable waters, it has attracted dedicated wreck-divers from around the world, and has been the site of some truly amazing feats and incredible penetrations into cold and utter darkness.
Elsewhere, the 1980's saw the expansion of shipwreck discovery and the exploration of wrecks that present more challenges than the Doria: wrecks such as the Civil War ironclad Monitor and the battleship Washington. Eventually, intrepid underwater explorers exceeded the productive depth limitation for breathing air. Nitrogen narcosis, lengthy decompression, and oxygen toxicity forced divers to experiment with alternative breathing mixtures that obviated the hazards induced by air at depth. Blends of helium and oxygen extended the depth range beyond 300 feet. The true test occurred in 1990, with the author's successful dive to the German battleship Ostfriesland, at 380 feet. This pioneering venture and others that followed paved the way for the high-tech, mixed-gas diving expedition to the Lusitania in 1994, in which the author participated.
Book Two describes all these expeditions in detail, as well as the dispute over the Lusitania's legal status: a culmination that is every bit as exciting as the adventures under water.
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
   
 
       
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