Articles

Besides the two books on shipwrecks I have written, I have published a number of articles on shipwrecks over the years. I intend to archive some of my favorite pieces on this site as well as new and unpublished material. Although some of this material is ten years old or more, I think that it still makes interesting reading and hope that you enjoy it.

A Descent into the Mudhole: Diving the Choapa

A "tongue-in-cheek" look at diving in the frightening depths of the "Mudhole" off the coast of New Jersey, south of New York Harbor. Based on Edgar Allen Poe's infamous "A Descent into the Maelstrom"

In the Wake of Dreadnoughts...

"Part I" of this piece originally appeared in the xx issue of Wreck Diving Magazine. Unfortunately, the magazine ceased publication during the 2020 pandemic. The article was originally intended to be published in one part, but an unfortunate production error split it into two parts, and only the first part was published; splitting it into two parts broke the continuity of the piece, which was its major intention. Posted here is the entire piece as it was intended.

Part 1 of this article was originally published in issue 46 (2020) of Wreck Diving Magazine.

Then and Now: A Photographer's Journey through Time and Technology

Over the past 30 years camera technology has progressed by leaps and bounds. Today's cameras are capable of taking incredible pictures in impossibly low light levels. I often dream of returning to shipwrecks I photographed in the days of film and re-shooting the wrecks with today's cameras--but while cameras have been progressing, the shipwrecks have been steadily deteriorating, making it nearly impossible to recreate those images.

This article was originally published in issue 35 (2015) of Wreck Diving Magazine.

Ghostly Guns of Iron Bottom Sound

The battle of Guadalcanal was one of the most protracted and violent campaigns of World War II. So many ships are sunk in the waters surrounding these Pacific islands that the sailors named this body of water Iron Bottom Sound.

This article was originally published in the September/October 2011 issue of Scuba Diving.

The Elusive Wolf: The Discovery of U-550

A long sought German U-boat is finally found by the crew of the dive vessel Tenacious in 2012.

This article was originally published in issue 31 (2013) of Wreck Diving Magazine.

Alphabet Soup in the North Atlantic

Many methods are often employed in identifying shipwrecks. While finding the ship's bell is perhaps the most iconic, sometimes it's as simple as swimming down and reading her name on the hull

This article was originally published in issue 10 (2006) of Wreck Diving Magazine.

The EM Clark: Dramatic Legacy of World War II

The EM Clark has to be considered one of the best and most dramatic dives on the US East Coast. Located off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, it is bathed in the warm clear waters of the Gulf Stream, making it both a treat to dive as well as a challenge.

This article was originally published in the August 1992 issue of Discover Diving.

Exploring the Norness by Scuba

The Norness was the first ship sunk off the US East Coast during World War II, and thus holds a unique place in history. It is also a wreck that had never been dived before the introduction of mixed gas diving into the wreck diving community. I had always longed to dive the wreck, and that dream was turned into reality thanks to the efforts of John Chatterton and Dan Crowell, who ran the first ever expedition to the wreck site in the summer of 1993.

This article was originally published in the December 1994 issue of Sport Diver magazine.

The Revenue Cutter Mohawk:

Slilent Witness to an Environmental Debacle

The revenue cutter Mohawk was an obscure victim of collision outside New York harbor during the First World War. Later she would bear silent witness to 63 years of ocean dumping and the poisoning of a specially designated area of ocean bottom outside the harbor.

This article was originally published in the October 1993 issue of New York Outdoors, and later in the October 1995 issue of Sport Diver magazine.

The Creatures in the Boiler Tubes

The steam pipes decorating the ends of an old ship's boiler provide the perfect home for an amazing variety of marine creatures. Next time your diving your favorite shipwreck, check out the apartment complex you may have missed.

This article was originally published in the August 1995 issue of Sport Diver magazine.

The Dark & Silty World of the Steamship Ayuruoca

A wreck worthy of the warm, clear waters of Truk lagoon lies in the silty depths of New York's "Mudhole", providing local divers the rare treat of exploring an upright and intact shipwreck.

This article was originally published in the December 1994 issue of Discover Diving magazine.

A Patchwork Quilt of Living Color

Hey wreck diver: ever take a closer look at all those sea anemones covering your favorite shipwrecks? Bet there's some things you never noticed!

This article was originally published in the June 1994 issue of Discover Diving magazine.