USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32)


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.

Type
Wreck, Artificial Reef

Skill Level
Advanced

Average Depth
80ft (24m)

Max Depth
130ft (40m)

Access
Boat

Snorkeling
No

Dangers
Boat Traffic

Latitude
25.06666700

Longitude
-80.31100000

Type
Navy Dock Landing Ship

Built
September 7, 1954

Commissioned
June 8, 1956

Sunk
May 17, 2002

Depth to Top
65ft

Depth to Deck
110ft

Map

Mooring Buoy Map of the Spiegel Grove

mooring buoy map courtesy of NOAA


Boone

About Boone

Jason Boone created Dive Documentaries to inspire viewers to care about the Florida Keys underwater world through education, exploration and storytelling. He has a BA in Television Production and an MA in Digital Journalism and Design, and a passion for short-form documentary filmmaking. His work has been featured on National Geographic, Discovery, Current TV and Yahoo!.