Shipwreck and diving related books recommended by Capt. Dan Berg of the charter dive boat Wreck Valley.  

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 The Last Dive : 
A Father and Son's Fatal...

  By Bernie Chowdhury

What price would you pay for adventure and knowledge?

Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an experienced father-and-son scuba diving team, hoped to achieve widespread recognition for their outstanding but controversial diving skills. Obsessed and ambitious, they sought to solve the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented World War II German U-boat that lay under 230 feet of water, only a half-day's mission from New York Harbor. They paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame.

This gripping narrative recounts the Rouses' growing lust for what many consider the world's most dangerous sport -- as well as for the cowboy culture of the deepdiving community. Father and son were only eighteen years apart in age, and their constant battles of will earned them the nickname "the Bicker Brothers." Many friends wondered which would win out if it came down to a life-or-death diving situation: Chris's protective instincts or Chrissy's desire to surpass his father's successes.

In the surreal topographies of underwater caves and shipwrecks, divers can encounter the unfathomable. Some get lost until their air expires, some get hopelessly tangled in cables, some are drawn to deep chambers from which they never emerge, and some make simple human errors. The sport's best may eventually find themselves in silt-filled water, dark as night, and pinned by dislodged wreckage. If they panic and use up their air, they put themselves at risk of drowning or of what divers fear the most-decompression sickness, or "the bends."

Author Bernie Chowdhury, himself an expert diver and a dose friend of the Rouses', explores the thrill-seeking world of deep-sea diving, including its legendary figures, most celebrated triumphs, and gruesome tragedies. By examining the diver's psychology through the complex father-and-son dynamic, Chowdhury illuminates the extreme sport diver's push toward -- and sometimes beyond -- the limits of human endurance.




       Tiger Reef


Readers first thrilled to the breathtaking adventures of deep-sea diver Ben Gannon in Crash Dive...

Now readers who crave more will get their fill--as McKinna pits his deep-sea adventurer against modern-day pirates in exotic Indonesia.

Praise for Crash Dive: "Absorbing...Drawing from his own experience as a commercial diver, McKinna is generous with the details. [His] story of man vs. sea holds surprises."--Publishers Weekly

"A Thrilling, Realistic, Nail-Biting Hell-Ride. McKinna puts you on the bomb-laden oil rig with minutes to go before detonation. Builds to an explosive surprise ending and Left Me Craving More..."--



  Crash Dive


Commercial deep-sea diver Ben Gannon has been assigned to retrieve the bodies from a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead he discovers the bullet-ridden bodies of the "crash" victims, among them a senator who championed American oil independence. The helicopter was returning from a highly-advanced oil rig, where Gannon suddenly finds himself assigned to work. But when the rig is seized by Middle Eastern terrorists, he decides to take matters into his own hands....




Wake of the Perdido Star: A Novel
by Gene Hackman & Daniel Lenihan

This is a great adventure book. Its as good as any of Clive Cussler's novels! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in maritime adventure, pirates, and shipwrecks.
Capt. Dan Berg

An intriguing coming-of-age adventure full of information about early 19th-century diving, salvage and piracy...The authors do a fine job of blending historical and technical details into their narrative. Of particular interest are sections--including a well-constructed, exciting ending--in which the crew of the Star must learn to accomplish takes modern sailors take for granted: how to stay under water for more than five minutes without drowning and how to refloat a sunken ship.



  The Endurance
  (Click Above  Buy Today) This is one of the  most fascinating books I have ever read. It is absolutely amazing That these men were able to survive while navigating through huge storm waves, climbing snow covered mountains and living on pack ice. 

Melding superb research and the extraordinary expedition photography of Frank Hurley, Endurance by Caroline Alexander is a stunning work of history, adventure, and art that chronicles "one of the greatest epics of survival in the annals of exploration." Setting sail as World War I broke out in Europe, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, hoped to become the first to cross the Antarctic continent. But their ship, Endurance, was trapped in the drifting pack ice, eventually splintering and leaving the expedition stranded on floes---a situation that seemed "not merely desperate but impossible."

Most skillfully Alexander constructs the expedition's character through its personalities--the cast of veteran explorers, scientists, and crew--with aid from many previously unavailable journals and documents. We learn, for instance, that carpenter and shipwright Henry McNish, or "Chippy," was "neither sweet-tempered nor tolerant," and that Mrs. Chippy, his cat, was "full of character." Such firsthand descriptions, paired with 170 of Frank Hurley's intimate photographs (comprehensively assembled here for the first time), penetrate the hulls of the Endurance and these tough men, revealing the seldom-seen domestic world of expedition life--the singsongs, feasts, lectures, and camaraderie--so that when the hardships set in, we know these people beyond the stereotypical guise of mere explorers and long for their safety.

Alexander reveals Shackleton to be an inspiring optimist, "a leader who put his men first." Throughout the grueling ordeal, Shackleton and his men show what endurance and greatness are all about. Endurance is an intimate portrait of an expedition and of survival. Readers will possess a newfound respect for these daring souls and know better their unthinkable toil and half-forgotten realm of glory. --Byron Ricks


The Perfect Storm : A True Story of Men Against the Sea
The Perfect Storm is the tale of a doomed ship caught in the middle of what some meteorologists have called the storm of the century. At its heart is a gripping narrative about struggling for survival in a tempest of ferocious winds and 100-foot waves. But rookie author Sebastian Junger does more than simply spin a good yarn. His account of how fishermen ply their trade and lead their lives in the 1990s is fascinating. The same goes for his descriptions of storm formation, wave physics, and the terror of drowning. Anybody who enjoys Jon Krakauer's work or Drama in Real Life from Reader's Digest will appreciate The Perfect Storm
Meteorologists called the storm that hit North America's eastern seaboard in October 1991 a "perfect storm" because of the rare combination of factors that created it. For everyone else, it was perfect hell. In The Perfect Storm, author Sebastian Junger conjures for the reader the meteorological conditions that created the "storm of the century" and the impact the storm had on many of the people caught in it. Chief among these are the six crew members of the swordfish boat



  The Terrible Hours
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y Peter Maas
May 23, 1939. Television was being advertised for the first time to American consumers. Europe was on the brink of war as Hitler and Mussolini signed an alliance in Berlin. These were the days before sonar and before the discovery of nuclear power revolutionized submarine design. Dependent on battery power, submarines were actually surface ships that "occasionally dipped beneath the waves." If a sub went down, "every man on board was doomed. It was accepted that there would be no deliverance."

Swede Momsen was, according to master storyteller Peter Maas, the "greatest submariner the Navy ever had," and he was determined to beat those odds. Momsen spent his career trying to save the lives of trapped submariners, despite an indifferent Navy bureaucracy that thwarted and belittled his efforts at every turn. Every way of saving a sailor entombed in a sub--"smoke bombs, telephone marker buoys, new deep-sea diving techniques, escape hatches, artificial lungs, a great pear-shaped rescue chamber--was either a direct result of Momsen's inventive derring-do, or of value only because of it." Yet on the day the Squalus sank, none of Momsen's inventions had been used in an actual submarine disaster.

In The Terrible Hours, Maas reconstructs the harrowing 39 hours between the disappearance of the submarine Squalus during a test dive off the New England coast and the eventual rescue of 33 crew members trapped in the vessel 250 feet beneath the sea. It's also the story of Momsen's triumph. Under the worst possible circumstances, Momsen led a successful mission and helped change the future of undersea lifesaving. Not only has Maas written a carefully researched and suspenseful tribute to a true hero, in the process he has salvaged a long-forgotten, riveting piece of American history. --Svenja Soldovieri

 Atlantis Found
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 By Clive Cussler

  Dirk Pitt, indestructible hero of 14 previous Clive Cussler novels and special-projects director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (which is something like the CIA of the ocean depths), makes James Bond look like a tuxedoed, martini-swilling poseur. Pitt has raised the Titanic, escaped massive volcanic eruptions, ducked nuclear explosions, foiled criminal plans for world domination, saved everyone on earth from germ warfare, and mastered the ins and outs of various electronic gizmos and futuristic vehicles while evading every imaginable form of almost certain death. (Of course, he's also wildly successful with brilliant, beautiful women, but in an admirably circumspect, sensitive-guy way.) It stands to reason Pitt's the right man to handle a crisis of millennial proportions.

When mysterious black obsidian skulls and other artifacts of an exceedingly ancient culture begin to turn up in odd places, Pitt jumps in with both feet. It soon becomes dangerously apparent that a powerful, amoral group of fanatics calling itself the Fourth Empire wants the strange discoveries to remain underground. Pitt teams up with a beautiful red-haired expert in ancient languages to decipher the meaning of the artifacts. They were made 10 millennia ago in a then-temperate Antarctica by a seafaring civilization advanced enough to predict its own destruction by a comet impact. Now the Fourth Empire (whose literal and figurative progenitor comes as no surprise) is predicting a similar disaster in only a matter of months, and preparing to take control of the earth.

Cussler's known for hands-on research--his hobbies are the backbone of Pitt's adventures: flying, climbing, diving, racing. The scientific and historical riffs that fill in the background of Atlantis Found are the weakest parts of the book--they're Pitt-less, and they give every discovery in the book away early. But what the heck--Cussler's not the king of suspense, he's the emperor of nonstop action. Atlantis Found bounces along on a good-humored techno-joyride, and for Cussler's legion of fans, that will be more than enough. --Barrie Trinkle


Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World 

: Shackleton's Amazing Voyage

The harrowing survival story of English explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and the ill-fated Endurance has intrigued people since the 1914 expedition--spurring astounding books such as Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage and The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition. As Shackleton and 27 sailors attempted to cross the frozen Antarctic continent from one side to the other, they were trapped in an ice pack, lost their ship to the icy depths, survived an Antarctic winter, escaped attacks from sea lions, and traversed 600 treacherous miles to the uninhabited Elephant Island. Leaving 22 men behind, Shackleton and five others sailed 800 miles across the southern Atlantic Ocean in a 20-foot open boat to tiny South George Island, where they hiked across unmapped mountains to a whaling station. In 1916, 19 months after the Endurance became icebound, Shackleton led a rescue party back to retrieve his men. Remarkably, every crew member survived.

Other Related Items by Capt. Berg


WRECK VALLEY Vol II  Book. by Capt. Dan berg
Retail $18.95 

   by Daniel Berg is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about the wrecks that lie off the Long Island, New York, and New Jersey shores.  This text includes over 265 illustrations comprised of 137 color photographs, 97 black and white historical images, 32 sketches, plus one map. 

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WRECK VALLEY Multi Media Shipwreck CD
By Captain Dan Berg      $19.95

Now you can join Dan and explore the history and present condition of over 500 shipwrecks without ever getting wet. This multimedia shipwreck CD includes over 1,000 photographs, sketches, side scan sonar images, maps, loran #s, over 50 underwater video clips and much more! Shipwreck database is searchable by name, depth, date built, date sunk, type of vessel, and location. Viewers can also choose to highlight only wrecks with video or search by categories like Treasure Wrecks, Artificial Reefs or Beach Dives. The Wreck Valley CD also contains sections on wreck diving, marine life, treasure hunting, side scan sonar, and shipwreck research information. " The Wreck Valley multimedia Shipwreck CD is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches, video and stories ever written about North East shipwrecks."  

(NY, NJ) $16.95



New York and New Jersey  Decorative Shipwreck Chart Poster. This poster is brand new and autographed by the artist. Chart Poster is 18" X 24" and printed on quality parchment paper. It depicts over 45 major shipwrecks each painted in beautiful water colors. Suitable for framing. Chart will be rolled and shipped in a protective shipping tube. Buyer pays actual postage. If you are a Wreck Diver don't miss this one its spectacular!

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