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Is Andrea Doria worth it?

Discussion in 'Wreck Diving' started by CAPTAIN SINBAD, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. CAPTAIN SINBAD

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

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    I heard the wreck has disintegrated quite a lot and the present condition of the wreck is more or a rubble field than a wreck. I was wondering if it would still present good penetration opportunities.

    Has anyone been on it lately?
     
  2. mikeny9

    mikeny9 DIR Practitioner

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    From everything I've heard: no.
     
  3. mdb

    mdb ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I think it was a very memorable dive in days gone by.

    A majestic wreck.

    Early divers on the wreck recovered the ship's bell, compass, first class china, etc. and, of course,
    they experienced the huge wreck while U/W.
     
  4. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The early divers recovered the bronze statue of Admiral Andrea Doria in 1964. The really early divers were on the wreck within a few days of the sinking.

    I was a latecomer in 1973.

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  5. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Penetration? No. Still interesting? Yes.
     
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  6. tomfcrist

    tomfcrist NAUI Instructor

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    As Frank is alluding to, just because it's not a cool penetration dive anymore doesn't mean it's not a cool wreck. It's still a behemoth, and there are still cool artifacts to be found.
     
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  7. CAPTAIN SINBAD

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

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    Does anyone have the map or layout of the wreck in most recent state?
     
  8. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Sure. We were the first to make a successful saturation dive on her. The Early Bird crew were the first to attempt a sat dive but got skunked by the weather.

    We removed the double doors to the first class foyer, discovered that the safes were under tons of collapsed bulkheads and false overhead. You didn't need an engineering study to figure out that removing it would cost more than were in all the safes onboard. Oceaneering divers burned a larger hole in order to get all that debris out for Gimbel several gears later. See Setting the Hook: A Diver's Return to the Andrea Doria, Post #77

    There were a lot of dives on her before us. Bruno Vailati and Al Giddings dove her in the 1960s a few years after the Top Cat crew. He did several expeditions for Italian TV.

     
  9. Akimbo

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  10. Tassi Devil Diver

    Tassi Devil Diver Barracuda

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    It would be interesting to see a multi beam sonar image of the Doria referred to in the article
     

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