Evelyn Dudas to give presentation on the sinking of the Andrea Doria
Evelyn Bartram Dudas, the first woman to dive the Andrea Doria passenger liner, will speak at Axe Murderer Tours Beach House in Hagatna, Guam, on Tuesday, February 16, at 7 p.m. The Italian luxury liner that sank in 1956 off Nantucket, MA, has been called “The Mount Everest of Diving.”
In 2009 The Philadelphia Enquirer called Dudas “the diva of diving” and a “living legend” of the deep. Dudas was 22 when she dove the Doria in 1967. It was a time when few women were divers.
At age 15 she had been introduced to scuba through a YMCA program in her hometown of West Chester, PA. She has been diving the wrecks off the East Coast since 1961. Dudas is an inaugural member (2000) of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
As an early YMCA and lifelong NAUI scuba instructor, Evelyn was one of the first women to use mixed gases in diving. She also launched her own custom wet suit company when none could be found commercially.
After her husband died in 1982 she grew her dive shop, Dudas Diving Duds, in West Chester, while a single mother of four children. In December 2015 Evelyn closed her shop after 48 years. http://www.dudasdiving.com She will continue her Dudas Dive Travel business.
An avid cave diver, Dudas has hundreds of hours of diving with a scooter. Her daughter, Suzie Nairne, is co-owner of Silent Submersion scooters. Dudas will be on Guam after her eighth trip to Truk Lagoon. Her first trip was in 1974 with Guam resident Dianne Strong, author of “Witness To War: Truk Lagoon’s Master Diver Kimiuo Aisek.”
While continuing to instruct and travel to dive, Dudas will be writing her autobiography.