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USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32)

Type
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Snorkeling
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Water
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Elevation
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Wreck
Advanced
80ft (24m)
130ft (40m)
30ft – 90ft (10m – 30m)
Boat
Difficult
<30min
No
Boat Traffic
Salt
S 84°F (29°C) W 64°F (20°C)
W 3mm full
Year-round
18ft (6m)
25.06666700
-80.31100000


Type
Built
Commissioned
Sunk
Depth to Top
Depth to Deck

Navy Dock Landing Ship
September 7, 1954
June 8, 1956
May 17, 2002
65ft
110ft

The USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) was a landing ship dock that belonged to the United States Navy. The ship was decommissioned in October of 1989, and after it’s sinking in 2002 it became (for a short period of time) the largest artificial reef in the world. During it’s sinking, the vessel flipped over unexpectedly, and air in the hull kept the bow slightly above water, leaving the Spiegel Grove afloat, posing a major navigational hazard. It took three weeks before a salvage crew finally finished her off, sending her to the bottom, where she unfortunately settled on her starboard side. Amazingly, in June of 2005, Hurricane Dennis pushed the Spiegel Grove upright, just how the ship was originally designed to land on the bottom. Be sure to dive safe! The Spiegel Grove has already claimed 6 lives.


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