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Diver's Bookshelf

For those days that you can't get out diving, here are all the references listed in the sections of this site gathered together. Armchair diving beats watching the idiot box.

Nowadays, it is easy to order books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, eBay, or in some cases, direct from the publisher. "eBooks" can be delivered instantly to your computer, phone, or tablet, and have become my preferred way of reading. Old out-of-print references can be found with an online search at any of the sites above, and delivered to your door. All of these sites act as online clearinghouses for used-book sellers across the country, so it is easy to get almost anything.

Dive Sites & Shipwrecks



Where Divers DareWhere Divers Dare
The Hunt for the Last U-boat

by Randall Peffer

[ excerpt ]

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Hidden History of Maritime New JerseyHidden History of Maritime New Jersey
by Steve Nagiewicz

[ excerpt ]

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Dan Berg's Dive Guides

Wreck ValleyNew Jersey Beach Diver

AquaExplorersTo order these books and others, visit Aqua Explorers website at http://www.aquaexplorers.com

Gary Gentile's "Popular Dive Guide" Series

Shipwrecks of New Jersey - NorthShipwrecks of New Jersey - CentralShipwrecks of New Jersey - South
Shipwrecks of New YorkShipwrecks of Delaware & MarylandShipwrecks of Connecticut & Rhode Island

Gary Gentile Productions

All include exhaustive lists of Loran and GPS numbers

To order these books and others, visit Gary Gentile's website at http://www.ggentile.com/popular_dive_guide_series.html


Scuba Diving the Wrecks and Shores of Long Island, NYScuba Diving the Wrecks and Shores of Long Island, NY
by David Rosenthal

To order this book, visit The Wharves Project website at http://www.thewharvesproject.org

New Jersey Shipwrecks:350 years in the Graveyard of the AtlanticNew Jersey Shipwrecks:
350 years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic

Margaret Thomas Buchholz
Down the Shore Publishing, 2004
200 pages, illustrated, b&w

Shore Diving in New JerseyShore Diving in New Jersey
Tom Gormley & Ben Gualano, 2003
200 pages, illustrated, b&w

Lost VoyagesLost Voyages
Bradley Sheard
Aqua Quest Publications, 1998
216 pages, illustrated, color

The Sea's Bitter HarvestThe Sea's Bitter Harvest
Douglas A. Campbell, 2001

About the four clam boats that sank in two weeks in 1999.

Shadow DiversShadow Divers
Robert Kurson, 2003

What ! You haven't heard of this one ?
Have you been living under a rock ?

The Last DiveThe Last Dive
Bernie Chowdhury, 2000

To me, this is a manual of how NOT to dive. Especially regarding the author's (Chowdhury's) own experiences, if I did that many dumb things in a row, I wouldn't put them all down in a book. He is lucky to be alive. Contains a lot of cave-diving propaganda also.

Deep DescentDeep Descent
Kevin F. McMurray, 2001

All about the Andrea Doria, from the collision to the latest diving.

[ excerpt ]

Out of Print

Perils of the Port of New YorkPerils of the Port of New York
Jeannette Edwards Rattray
Dodd Mead & Co., 1973

My copy still has a card in it from the Manhattan Public Library !

Broken SparsBroken Spars - New Jersey Coast Shipwrecks 1640-1935
Leland Wooley Downey
Brick Twsp. Historical Society, 1960

Shipwrecks of the AtlanticShipwrecks of the Atlantic
Bill Davis
The Fisherman Library, 1991
248 pages, illustrated, b&w

Shipwrecks of New JerseyShipwrecks of New Jersey - excerpt
Gary Gentile
Gary Gentile Productions, 1988

This book is replaced by three new ones.

Guide to Shipwreck Diving - New York & New JerseyGuide to Shipwreck Diving - New York & New Jersey
Henry C. Keatts
Pisces Books, 1992
186 pages, illustrated, color

Shipwrecks Near Barnegat InletShipwrecks Near Barnegat Inlet
David J Siebold & Charles J Adams III
Exeter House Books, 1995

Scuba Northeast vol IIScuba Northeast vol II
Robert G. Bachand
Sea Sports Publications, 1986

Shipwrecks in New York WatersShipwrecks in New York Waters
Paul Morris & William Quinn
Parnassus Imprints, 1989

Beyond SportdivingBeyond Sportdiving
Bradley Sheard
Menasha Ridge Press, 1991

WreckMaster Northeast CD-ROMWreckMaster Northeast CD-ROM
Scubamation 1993

hopelessly outdated

Shipwrecks Off the New Jersey CoastShipwrecks Off the New Jersey Coast
Walter & Richard Krotee

This book is one of the earliest and most detailed references on New Jersey shipwrecks. As such, unfortunately, it is also the source of most of the rumors and errors in New Jersey shipwreck histories.

Shipwrecks Unforgotten: From New Jersey to the Gulf of FloridaShipwrecks Unforgotten:
From New Jersey to the Gulf of Florida

Norbert Freitag 1997

Mainly just loran lists.

Artificial Reefs


A Guide to Fishing & Diving New Jersey ReefsNew Jersey Artificial Reefs

A Guide to Fishing & Diving New Jersey Reefs

NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, 2008 edition
68 pages, illustrated, b&w, waterproof

Includes GPS numbers for all reef sites. This invaluable book has been out of print for years.

download: A Guide to Fishing and Diving New Jersey Reefs, 3rd edition (PDF 1.8MB)

Delaware Reef Guide 2015-2016Delaware Artificial Reefs

Delaware Reef Guide 2015-2016

State of Delaware
Department of Natural Resources
Division of Fish and Wildlife

Includes GPS numbers for all reef sites.

download: Delaware Reef Guide 2015-2016 (PDF 1.6MB)

New York Artificial Reefs

Includes GPS numbers for all reef sites.

download: New York Artificial Reef Guide

Out of Print

The Shipwrecks of New Jersey ReefsThe Shipwrecks of New Jersey Reefs
NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, 2003
153 pages, illustrated, b&w

Includes Loran and GPS numbers for all reef sites.

A Guide to Fishing & Diving New Jersey's Artificial ReefsA Guide to Fishing & Diving New Jersey's Artificial Reefs
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 1989
70 pages, illustrated, color & b&w

The first published guide to New Jersey artificial reefs. Thanks to Capt Steve Nagiewicz for giving me his copy.

Marine Biology


Field Guides

Atlantic Coast FishesPeterson's Field Guides - Atlantic Coast Fishes
Robins / Ray / Douglass
Houghton Mifflin, 1986
354 pages, illustrated, color

essential for NJ divers

Atlantic SeashorePeterson's Field Guides - Atlantic Seashore
Kenneth L. Gosner
Houghton Mifflin, 1979
330 pages, illustrated, color

essential for NJ divers

Freshwater FishesPeterson's Field Guides - Freshwater Fishes
Page / Brooks
Houghton Mifflin, 1986
432 pages, illustrated, color

Beachcomber's GuideBeachcomber's Guide from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras: Marine Life of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland
Henry Keatts
Gulf Publishing, 1995
248 pages, illustrated, color, bw

Fishes of Chesapeake BayFishes of Chesapeake Bay
Edward O. Murdy
Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002
360 pages, illustrated, color, bw

Pond LifeGolden Guides - Pond Life
George K. Reid
Golden Press, 1967
160 pages, illustrated, color:

Tropical Field Guides

Coral ReefsPeterson's Field Guides - Coral Reefs
Eugene H. Kaplan
Houghton Mifflin, 1982
289 pages, illustrated, color

Southwestern and Caribbean SeashoresPeterson's Field Guides - Southwestern and Caribbean Seashores
Eugene H. Kaplan
Houghton Mifflin, 1988
425 pages, illustrated, color


Fishes of the Gulf of MaineIf you are scientifically inclined, the bible:
( of fishes, that is )

Fishes of the Gulf of Maine
originally Fishery Bulletin #74, 1953
revised & updated
Bigelow & Schroeder
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
vol 53, no. 74, 1953

This gevernment publication is available in three forms online, as well as in print:

Website - recommended | pdf (43MB) | epub (4MB)

Fishes of the Chesapeake BayFishes of the Chesapeake Bay
originally Bulletin of the US Bureau of Fisheries, Vol XLIII, 1927
revised & updated
Samuel F. Hildebrand, William C. Schroeder
The Blackburn Press, 2002
388 pages


Marine Reef Aquarium HandbookMarine Reef Aquarium Handbook
Robert J. Goldstein
Barron's, 1997
198 pages, illustrated, color

This is the best technical saltwater guide I have found.


The Secret Life of LobstersThe Secret Life of Lobsters
Trevor Corson
Harper Collins, 2004

Mark Kurlansky, 1997

The Founding FishThe Founding Fish

John McPhee
Harper Collins, 2004

Artifacts & Shipwrecks



The Oxford Companion to Ships and the SeaThe Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea
Peter Kemp, 1988

Lots of interesting information and trivia.

The Perfect StormThe Perfect Storm
Sebastian Junger, 1997

You saw the movie. The book is better.


Two Years Before the MastTwo Years Before the Mast
Richard Henry Dana Jr., 1869

Detailed and literate sailor's account of a voyage on a square-rigger around Cape Horn and back in the 1850's.

download epub

Moby DickMoby Dick
Herman Melville, 1851

Really needs no introduction. If you thought it was awful in high school, give this one another try now. Its much better than you remember. The story may be fiction, but the technical details are quite accurate.

download epub


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Jules Verne, 1870

Still fun to read, and infinitely better than any of the movie adaptations. Verne predicted scuba diving, submarines, and nuclear power in the 1860s!

download epub


Schooners and Schooner BargesSchooners and Schooner Barges
Paul C Morris
Lower Cape Pub., 1984

Railroad Ferries of the HudsonRailroad Ferries of the Hudson
Raymond Baxter, Arthur Adams
Fordham University Press., 1999

Gear & Training


The Essentials of Deeper Sport DivingThe Essentials of Deeper Sport Diving
John Lippman
AquaQuest, 1992
320 pages, illustrated, b&w

This book is not about technical diving, but covers many important aspects of decompression physiology and deep-diving techniques and equipment that any diver ought to know. I see it for 1 cent used on Amazon - get a copy !!!

US Navy Dive ManualUS Navy Dive Manual
1999, updated 2001

download: Free Download: US Navy Dive Manual (PDF 19MB)

Michael Langford's 35mm HandbookMichael Langford's 35mm Handbook
Michael Langford
Knopf, 1998
224 pages, illustrated, color

A terrific introduction to the basics of photography - everything from f-stops to style. Clear and concise. Basic concepts still apply to digital even if film is dead.

Scuba Regulator Maintenance and RepairScuba Regulator Maintenance and Repair
Vance Harlow
Airspeed Press

Explains in detail how regulators work, how they are serviced, and how they are often not serviced. Things you should know about your equipment, even if you don't plan to do your own work.

The Oxygen Hacker's CompanionThe Oxygen Hacker's Companion
Vance Harlow
Airspeed Press

How to handle oxygen, O2-clean your own equipment, mix your own Nitrox, etc.

Wetsuit and Drysuit Maintenance and RepairWetsuit and Drysuit Maintenance and Repair
Steven Lindblom
Airspeed Press

References - Wreck Charts & Numbers


Capt. Vic Enterprises

The chart that I actually used in researching this website is:

New York / New Jersey Bight

Capt. Vic Enterprises Inc.
8 Iris Court
Milltown NJ 08850
Phone: 732-821-8810
Fax: 732-821-8192

The back of this chart has the biggest list of Loran/LatLon coordinates you are going to find anywhere. How accurate these numbers are is a good question. The Loran numbers are useless nowadays, and the LatLons are highly suspect. This is an old chart now, but still useful to me.

bookOn the web, a good source for charts is www.gpscharts.com. You can also find charts at www.waterproofcharts.com. Official government navigation charts are available from the Coast Survey division of the NOAA. The AWOIS wreck database is also now online and searchable. Another good source for detailed charts of the artificial reefs is the New Jersey Artificial Reef Program. Their new book contains exhaustive lists of both Loran and DGPS coordinates. More cartographic information on the New York bight area is available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

About the Charts on this Website

The charts in this website are as accurate as I could make them, but they are in no way navigation quality. They began as USGS survey index charts, scanned into digital form and cleaned up considerably to keep the file size down. The positions are determined from loran and/or DGPS numbers. Lorans were converted to latitude/longitude with a computer program, then converted to pixel coordinates in a spreadsheet. Finally, the points were plotted exactly in a graphics editor. If you look closely, you can find [74-00-00 W, 41-00-00 N] and other reference points.

The large-scale wreck charts in this website are based primarily on converted loran numbers, with some GPS and other references. At this scale, the discrepancies between different systems are too small to matter. The individual NJ reef charts are based on GPS numbers provided by the Reef Program. The discrepancy between converted loran numbers and GPS is large enough to be noticeable at the scale of the reef charts.

You can download the shareware loran conversion program "Marnav" that I used in making the charts in the website. Also, here is a newer Loran conversion program, issued by the USCG. It may be more accurate than Marnav. These two programs seem to agree pretty well with each other, but neither agrees well with the new GPS numbers that are becoming available. Thanks to diver John Whitehurst for supplying me with both Loran conversion programs, without which this website would not have gotten started.

NOAA Chart 12300

Here are some NOAA charts, as very large pdfs:

Many of these have wreck symbols on them for better-known sites.



I make no claim as to the accuracy, validity, or appropriateness of any information found in this website. I will not be responsible for the consequences of any action that is based upon information found here. Scuba diving is an adventure sport, and as always, you alone are responsible for your own safety and well being.

Copyright © 1996-2016 Rich Galiano
unless otherwise noted



since 2016-09-11