On Sunday, April 2 at 2 PM, researcher and diver John Moyer, Salvor in Possession of the Andrea Doria, will present a program about the history of diving to the wreck of the famous Italian ocean liner, which sank upon its approach to New York after being struck by the Swedish liner Stockholm on July 25, 1956. Moyer’s work and collection are featured in the museum’s current exhibition, Andrea Doria: Rescue at Sea.
Moyer will discuss the dangers of exploring the Andrea Doria, which is often called “the Mount Everest of wreck diving,” and the earliest dive made just a day after the sinking. Moyer’s first dive was in 1982, and through numerous subsequent expeditions, he and a team of divers have recovered significant artifacts including the ship’s bell—which is on view in the museum’s exhibition—as well as two massive ceramic sculptural panels by artist Guido Gambone (1909–1969). Moyer will also share newly captured video of the Andrea Doria recorded during his most recent expedition via remote operated vehicle in August 2022.
This program is free and admission to the museum is always by donation.