1. How did Nagle learn about a mystery at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean?
Nagle met a fisherman in a ramshackle bar. The fisherman told Nagle about a mystery he had found in the ocean and offered to tell Nagle how to find it.
2. Describe Brielle, New Jersey.
Brielle was a small seashore town on the central New Jersey coast. Boat captains and fishermen lived there. The convenience store owners stayed open to serve their neighbors and fifth-graders were able to repair scallop dredges. It was a place where hangers-on, wannabes, also-rans, and once-greats kept believing in the sea.
3. Why did Nagle and his kind dive?
Nagle and other men like him were not looking for treasure. They were looking for stories and they were looking to explore. The Atlantic was more of an uncharted wilderness than even the moon.
4. What was one of Nagle's greatest finds?
One of Nagle's greatest finds was a four-foot-tall brass whistle from the paddle wheeler "Champion." Underwater, the whistle had looked like a worthless piece of pipe, but Bill had used reasoning and his imagination to consider the wreck and the ship's anatomy to find the whistle.
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