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Shadow Divers by Robert KursonIn the tradition of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air and Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm comes a true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery–and make history themselves.
For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths that induced hallucinatory effects, navigating through wreckage as perilous as a minefield, they pushed themselves to their limits and beyond, brushing against death more than once in the rusting hulks of sunken ships.
But in the fall of 1991, not even these courageous divers were prepared for what they found 230 feet below the surface, in the frigid Atlantic waters sixty miles off the coast of New Jersey: a World War II German U-boat, its ruined interior a macabre wasteland of twisted metal, tangled wires, and human bones–all buried under decades of accumulated sediment.
No identifying marks were visible on the submarine or the few artifacts brought to the surface. No historian, expert, or government had a clue as to which U-boat the men had found. In fact, the official records all agreed that there simply could not be a sunken U-boat and crew at that location.
Over the next six years, an elite team of divers embarked on a quest to solve the mystery. Some of them would not live to see its end. Chatterton and Kohler, at first bitter rivals, would be drawn into a friendship that deepened to an almost mystical sense of brotherhood with each other and with the drowned U-boat sailors–former enemies of their country. As the men’s marriages frayed under the pressure of a shared obsession, their dives grew more daring, and each realized that he was hunting more than the identities of a lost U-boat and its nameless crew.
Author Robert Kurson’s account of this quest is at once thrilling and emotionally complex, and it is written with a vivid sense of what divers actually experience when they meet the dangers of the ocean’s underworld. The story of Shadow Divers often seems too amazing to be true, but it all happened, two hundred thirty feet down, in the deep blue sea.
New book explores N.J. man's quest to find sunken U-boat
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The friend said that Nagle, a washed-up diver who ran a charter boat business, and Chatterton, who was working underwater construction for a living, had come across a sunken German submarine in off Brielle, N. No one, not even the Navy, had known or even suspected it was there, Kurson said. With no knowledge of the dangerous and cliquey world of deep sea diving, a world inhabited by weekend warriors lurking in shadowy, lethal depths, Kurson was nevertheless intrigued.
In his day job, Joe Mazraani is a criminal defense attorney in Middlesex County. A book out this week explores the depths of Mazraani's hobby: discovering historical shipwrecks. It's a passion that has taken him deep into the ocean, left him with life-altering injuries and led him to an incredible find four years ago: The last German U-boat sunken in divable waters off the Atlantic Coast. Photo by Bradley Sheard, courtesy Joe Mazraani. The gripping true story of Mazraani and his six-man crew's discovery of U bookends the non-fiction work, published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin-Random House. It's part maritime adventure -- Mazraani, who is compared in the book to George Clooney in "The Perfect Storm," lost his hearing in one ear after a life-threatening dive -- and part historical exploration. Readers are taken from Kiel, Germany, where the U set sail, to some of the last moments before it sank about 90 miles south of Nantucket.