USS Spiegel Grove was a Thomaston-class dock landing ship of the United States Navy. Measuring 510′ in length by 84′ across, it was launched in 1955 serving her country for 34 years before being decommissioned in 1989. She was named for Spiegel Grove, the home and estate in Fremont, Ohio, of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States.
Red tape and financial problems delayed the sinking of USS Spiegel Grove for several years as an artificial reef. The ship was finally moved from Virginia to Florida and sank prematurely on May 17, 2002. During the sinking the ex-Spiegel Grove suddenly started rolling on her starboard side, ending up upside down on the sea bottom and leaving her bow protruding slightly out of the ocean. On the 10th & 11th of June, at a cost of $250,000 dollars, the ship was rolled onto her starboard side and on June 26th the site was opened to recreational divers. In the next week, over one thousand divers visited the site. The ex-Spiegel Grove is located on Dixie Shoal, 6 miles offshore in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In July 2005, Hurricane Dennis shifted the former USS Spiegel Grove onto her keel, right-side-up, which was the position originally intended when she was sunk.
You can buy your ticket to dive the USS Spiegel Grove on US-1 at a number of the Welcome Centers & Dive Centers throughout Key Largo.