Gary Gentile's New York Shipwreck Books
Gary Gentiles Shipwreck and wreck diving books.

  New York & New Jersey shipwrecks

  Shipwrecks of New York
ISBN 1-883056-04-7 softcover with color covers 6 x 9 vertical, 240 pages, 39 color photos, 79 black & white photos. Over 400 loran numbers included
As suggested by the title and series name, this volume covers the most well-known wrecks sunk off the geographical coast of New York: the south shore of Long Island and the Long Island Sound (but not Lakes Erie and Ontario).
For each of the wrecks covered, a statistical sidebar provides basic information such as the dates of construction and loss, previous names (if any), tonnage and dimensions, builder and owner (at time of loss), port of registry, type of vessel and how propelled, cause of sinking, location (loran coordinates if known), and depth. In most cases, an historical photograph or illustration of the ship leads the text. Throughout the book is scattered a selection of color underwater photographs, some of the wrecks, more often of typical marine life found in the area. Each volume is full of fascinating narratives of triumph and tragedy, of heroism and disgrace, of human nature at its best and its basest. These books are not about wood and steel, but about flesh and blood, for every shipwreck saga is a human story. Ships may founder, run aground, burn, collide with other vessels, or be torpedoed by a German U-boat. In every case, however, what is emphatically important is what happened to the people who became victims of casualty: how they survived, how they died. Also included are descriptions of the wrecks as they appear on the bottom. At the end of each volume is a bibliography of suggested reading, and a list of more than 400 loran numbers of wrecks in and adjacent to the area covered.
Wrecks covered in Shipwrecks of New York are: Acara, Atlantic, Black Warrior, Bronx Queen, Capitol City, Circassian, Coimbra, Commodore, Culloden, Drumelzier, Finance, Franklin, Gate City, Glen Island, Gluckauf, Great Western, Hussar, Hylton Castle, Iberia, John C. Fitzpatrick, Kenosha, Lexington, Maiden Creek, Maine, Malden, Miles M. Merry, Mistletoe, Ohio, Olinda, Oregon, Peter Rickmers, Princess Anne, Roda, Sommerstad, Sub Chaser 209, Tarantula, Turner, William C. Carnegie, and Yonkers
  USS San Diego: The Last Armored Cruiser
ISBN 0-9621453-1-9 softcover with color covers 6 x 9 vertical, 120 pages, 182 color photos, 61 black & white photos.
A shipwreck is a time capsule: a fragment of history buried in the sea, a temporary repository of the remnants of a bygone age. The wood or steel hull is a transient abode that precariously extends the life of man's handiwork only slightly beyond the date of disaster and human suffering. This does not mean that the objects contained within are granted eternal life, for the sea is ever changing, ever destroying; it means only that oft sought relics have been granted a slight reprieve from obliteration. To preserve a flag one does not hang it on a pole during a full gale: it is folded and packed away safely. One does not store precious china on an exposed mountain ridge where it is subject to rock falls, summer sun, and winter snow: it is kept in a glass case under controlled conditions. An artifact must be preserved from the elements of nature, not consigned to its capriciousness; the longer it is constrained to these wild forces the less likely it is to survive intact, to be found and appreciated by future generations.
On July 19, 1918 such a time capsule was born. When the San Diego sank within sight of American shores, after striking a mine laid by the German U-boat U-156, she relinquished all claims to the title of warship and became instead a vast storehouse of marine equipment, naval stores, munitions, and the personal effects of over a thousand distressed sailors. She was a museum in the making; items then not worth the cost of salvage have slowly evolved into nautical antiques precious to the present-day generation.
The San Diego is a time machine: a shortcut to 1918, a slice of Americana. Once at war with the forces of man, she now fights a never ending battle against gradual but inevitable erosion by the chemical soup in which she is immersed. To fully understand the San Diego we must travel back through the years not just to the moment of her birth, when she was christened the California, but to the time of her conception, for, although she lived in the twentieth century, she was a product of nineteenth century naval strategy. Thus begin the history of Armored Cruiser Number 6. This book is copiously illustrated with a wealth of black and white historical photographs and with numerous color underwater photographs taken by the author during his many explorations of the vast interior.

(NY, NJ)

New York and New Jersey Decorative Shipwreck Chart Poster by Capt. Dan Berg.  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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