An exciting New Jersey shipwreck story which brought closure to surviving family members from Texas to Newfoundland. Hear the how an act of patriotism changed the life of a lone survivor and of the numerous connections as the discovery and identification of this ship were unveiled.
is a member of the prestigious National Association of Underwater Instructors, (certification number 4951) and since 1976 has been teaching scuba diving. An avid wreck diver, Gene has logged over 4900 wreck dives off the Atlantic Coast from Florida to Newfoundland. These exciting adventures have included discoveries of more than 30 un-dived wrecks, eight Andrea Doria expeditions and acting as diving safety officer for the Gary Gentile's 1990 U.S.S. Monitor Photographic Expedition. He has led over 35 expeditions to Nova Scotia and numerous wreck discovery adventures off the Delmarva coast.
Gene has documented these adventures writing numerous articles for H2O magazine, The Army Times, Brussels Air Magazine, and InDepth Magazine. Over two dozen adventure books and magazine articles have documented Gene's expeditions and discoveries. These include writings by such authors as Gary Gentile, Erik Petkovic, Joe Haberstroh, Tom Gormley, Michael C. Barnette, Kevin F. McMurray, Dan Berg, and Clive Cussler. With a in depth understanding of wreck history, Gene has recovered and preserved thousands of artifacts, including four helms, two bells, two telegraphs, four compass binnacles, over one hundred portholes, plus diverse assorted artifacts including china and bottles. Gene was lead team diver in the Andrea Doria, Gambone artwork recovery on the Moyer Expedition in 1993.
In addition, Gene Peterson has an active 100-ton Ocean Operator's license and a teaching degree from Rowan University. Gene has received honors from the New Jersey Council of Dive Clubs and from the National Association of Underwater instructors for his 45 years of dedication to safe diver training.
with Murna and Captain George Hoffman, Joanie Peterson
1992 New Jersey Outstanding Service Awards
NJ Council of Dive Clubs