Diving Mount Everest.
When the cruise ship Andrea Doria was launched in 1951, it was the flagship of the Italian line. For the next 5 years, the Andrea Doria set the standard for luxurious trans-Atlantic travel; for the last 58 years, the Andrea Doria has set the standard by which technical wreck divers measure themselves. The Andrea Doria’s reputation as a deep, dark, dangerous. and deadly shipwreck has earned it the nickname The Mount Everest of Scuba Diving. As wreck divers recovered the ship’s china, silver dinnerware, and portholes, the ship’s bell eluded them. Finally, in 1985, Captain Bill Nagle with a Who’s Who team of divers including Art Kirchner recovered the ship’s bell at the stern of the Doria. Fast forward to the July, 2014 Andrea Doria Expedition, which is being led by Mark “Sharky” Alexander, a member of the New York Explorer’s Club. Divers on the John Jack will explore the Andrea Doria for three days, including the 58th anniversary of the ship’s sinking, July 26.Accompanying us on this expedition will be Art “The Legend” Kirchner who will share stories about the bell recovery during the 1985 expedition. In case the divers need additional motivation to search for artifacts, the bell of the Andrea Doria will accompany us on this expedition.
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The John Jack offers a variety of activities for folks who enjoy being on the water – or under it: fishing trips, cruises, and of course, scuba diving. The John Jack provides a safe, full-service dive platform for divers of all ages and abilities.
We visit dozens of shipwrecks lying off the NJ, NY, and DE coastlines (e.g., Stolt, Algol, Pinta) suitable for recreational divers with advanced open water certification as well as deep shipwrecks (Andrea Doria, U-869) that require advanced technical certification. Some divers sightsee; others grab “bugs,” spear fish, or gather scallops or artifacts. For a complete list of the dive trips organized by local dive shops and clubs, consult the schedule on our website.
More details about these trips can be obtained by calling Captain Rich (201-321-6924) or by visiting the websites of the dive shops and clubs that have reserved the boat.
Patronizing these dive shops, joining a dive club, and diving just once a month enriches and preserves the vitality of northeast wreck diving. We hope you will include the John Jack in your dive plans for 2014.
Have fun and dive safe!
Diving Mount Everest.
With the ocean all mussed up this Saturday, I have some time to tell you about the great trip we had to the Stolt just two weeks ago. The John Jack was proud to have DUI’s own Faith Ortins demo their new Blueheat Heated Dryware System (http://www.dui-online.com/blueheat.html) for an animated group of divers. On top, it was a beautiful spring day with warm temps and a near flat ocean; below, where we store the shipwrecks, it was a less than balmy 46-48 degrees, depending upon whose dive computer you believed. Visibility was either 20 feet or 40 ft, depending upon who you listened to – or who you were swimming behind. Even hardcore divers will admit that after about 45 minutes, temps in the mid-high 40’s start to get your attention, and if you have a deco obligation after that - well, you get the idea. There’s a word to descibe the condition of the divers who used their regular layered undergarments: cold. The divers with the Blueheat Dryware had no complaints about the water temp, unless you count having to listen to the cold divers whine about the bottom temps. Just kidding. All of the boys and girls played nice; some were just warmer than others. The Stolt surrendered a few bugs, but we saved them for supper. Lunch was provided by Faith and good folks at DUI. The John Jack may not be going out Saturday, but rest assured, we’ll be hitting the wrecks hard this season. Join us for a good time diving some of the best shipwrecks on the east coast.
I would guess after the rather long, cold and snowy winter we all suffered through, many of us have started thinking about the upcoming dive season. The John Jack crew is no different than its customers. "Let's go diving", is the rallying phrase. As the Big Red Boat patiently hibernates waiting to wake up the Big Cat Motors that sends it sailing over the waters, plans are made and the dive calendar is filling up fast. For a list of our already scheduled trips go to our web site, www.john-jack.com and check out the schedule. While waiting for the last of the snow to disappear why don't you join us for some exciting presentations we will be attending this week.Starting with Wednesday evening, join us at Elite Divers,(81 Rte 10 E, Randolph, New Jersey(973) 586-2214) where long time friend and fellow diver Bob Wilson will be giving a presentation on tec diving and diving the Andrea Doria. Bob, a PADI Course Director will answer questions and fill your head with his version of what it takes to dive with some of the very best at some of the best dive locations on the East Coast.Give Dennis and crew a call and let them know your coming, I'll be there.Another evening out will be spent with Prestine Azul Dive Club as they host a presentation on diving the 1000 Islands. Your guest speaker this for this special presentation will be Mike Rothchild. Mike is another long time friend who frequently dives with us. As the president of the NY Seagypsy's, Mike will display a series of photos that will make you want to run home and packing your gear looking to head north. Mikes pictures are truly something to enjoy and his presentation skills keep you entertained while he speaks. The presentation is scheduled for Thursday evening, 7 pm at the Bahama Breeze Restaurant in Wayne NJ. Check them out at, Prestine Azul Dive Club. Ask for Dennis.Hope to see you at one of the presentations. Capt. Rich
The Big Red Boat is heading to the Resor on Saturday, October 26. Come and join us for this top dive destination. The Resor is know as a great site for scallops and marine life, plus there is always the possibility of recovering an artifact to remember your dive to this very interesting site. This open boat trip includes a hot lunch and we will be departing the dock at 6am. Book your spot with Capt Rich.
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