SCH takes to the underwater world in Florida, making history in diving the Spiegle Grove ship.

SCUBA Diving

Steel City Hobbies’ own Michael Rooney and Ron Grove headed to Florida for some underwater research early on June 29, 2005. Below are a few pictures of the US Navy Ship Spiegel Grove, which was sunk near Key Largo to help grow an artificial reef. When the vessel was sunk originally a few years ago, it landed on its starboard (right) side. With the recent Hurricane Dennis two weeks later, the ship was righted by the storm. That is amazing because the ship is over 510′ long and 85′ wide.

The USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) is named after the home and estate in Fremont, OH, of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States. (LSD-32; dp. 6,880; L. 510′; Dr. 19′; S. 21k; Cpl. 756; A. 123′; Cl. Thomaston)

Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) was laid down on 7 September 1954 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.; launched on 10 November 1955; sponsored by Mrs. Webb C. Hayes; and commissioned on 8 June 1956, Capt. Saverio S. Fillipone in command.

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