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The Andrea Doria Revisited

Discussion in 'Wreck Exploration and Expeditions' started by DCBC, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. DCBC

    DCBC Banned

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    I read in an Associated Press article today that the wreck of the Italian ocean liner the Andrea Doria off Nantucket is more deteriorated than previous thought. Sonar images show that its bow nearly broken off.

    OceanGate dove the wreck with its submersible on several dives earlier this month; collecting more than a dozen complete sonar images of the vessel. The most recent images prior to this was two years ago. Since this time the wreck appears to have been greatly deteriorated.

    The team plans to return next year to continue its sonar mapping work. The plan is to create a "virtual model" of the exterior of the wreck as well as its debris field. This would provide divers an invaluable resource.

    The wreck, rests on the ocean floor in about 240 feet of water, 50 miles south of Nantucket. To-date it has claimed the lives of 16 divers.

    OceanGate says its expedition was the first manned submersible trip to the wreck since 1995. July 25 marks the 60th anniversary of the Andrea Doria's sinking.
     
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  2. DCBC

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    I dove the Doria as a part of a US/Canadian Navy diving exercise in 1975. I'm sorry to hear that the wreck has deteriorated to such a degree.
     
  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    Do any of the ops still run charters to it semi-regularly?
     
  5. Tassi Devil Diver

    Tassi Devil Diver Barracuda

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    Would love to see that virtual model as outlined in the OP.
     

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