Michigan Author-Shipwreck Survivor Will Join James Cameron as Speaker for Shipwreck Symposium in DC

Novi, Michigan, May27, 2011— The country’s leading marine forensics scientists, including renowned film director James Cameron, are converging in Washington DC, April 3-5, 2012.   Michigan author and Andrea Doria shipwreck survivor, Pierette Domenica Simpson, has been invited to contribute her … Continue reading

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I have been promoted…

…to being a member of the steering committee for planning the  first International Marine Forensics Symposium in DC  next spring.  I feel honored to be working with some of the nation’s top  naval architects, and marine engineers, and  researchers.   Additionally,  … Continue reading

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Key Considerations of Marine Forensic Investigations

•A plan for the operation and dives *Equipment *Personnel on dive team *Weather window *Depth and location of vessel to be examined •Current structural and arrangement plans of vessel •Repair and modification records of vessel •Ship log (if it survived) … Continue reading

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Publication of "The Loss of Andrea Doria"

Today, a technical paper that I co-authored with naval architect and friend, William Garzke, goes to publication. This is a proud moment for me. It is an opportunity to help humanity—specifically in contributing to passenger safety on our seas. This … Continue reading

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Meeting James Cameron– part two

The chairperson for the evening began her introduction of ASNE’s coveted guest:   …He studied physics and English at California State University. Later, he discontinued his studies and worked several jobs such as machinist and truck driver and wrote when … Continue reading

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Meeting James Cameron–part one

My friend Giuliano called me shortly after 9 p.m. on 2-3-10 to inform me that “my friend” James Cameron was appearing on the Larry King show. I told Giuliano that I was on a Teleseminar; but after two  seconds of reflection, … Continue reading

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Feedback from the SNAME* Annual Conference

Dear Pierette: The Marine Forensic Committee that I chair opened the Technical and Research Session of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers at its national meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. Our one-hour part of the program as certainly … Continue reading

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My Friend’s Return on the Queen Mary II

My friend and naval architect extraordinaire, Bill Garzke, called me to report on his trip to London in September. “It was even better than I expected,” were his first words about the voyage. “Good cuisine, smooth sailing, and I got … Continue reading

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