Spiegel Grove & Duane Change of the Flags Dive
Date: Saturday 3/23/2013 (New Date)
Please register before 3/19/13
11:30AM– Briefing and Waivers
12:00PM – Boat Departs
04:00PM– Boat Returns
04:30PM – Debrief and lunch
Dive Charter & Location
Amoray Dive Resort
10425 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
Approximate # of Proposed Divers
15, Space is limited as this is a specialty dive please register ASAP.
Required Diving Qualification
NITROX Advanced Open Water, certified to 130 ft. Or Advanced certification if you have a buddy who is also doing air with you.
Spiegel Grove & Duane Dive!
The USS Spiegel Grove is a Landing Ship Dock (LSD 32), which has been sunk to create an artificial reef in Key Largo. The vessel is 510 feet in length, 84 feet wide.
The largest vessel ever intentionally sunk is the USS Spiegel Grove, a 510-foot landing ship dock. To give a better visual understanding of the immensity of this ship, she is roughly equivalent in length to two football fields.
The Spiegel Grove was named after President Rutherford B. Hayes’s Ohio estate and was launched in 1955. She was later cleaned and sunk in 2002 in 130-feet of water near Dixie Shoals in Key Largo. Depths range from 60 to 130 feet with the majority of the ship lying between 80 and 90 feet.
The sinking of the Spiegel Grove is an extraordinary tale. Her sinking was scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2002 at approximately 2:00 pm. However, she had a mind of her own and prematurely began to sink, rolled over, and remained upside down for several days with her bow protruding from the water. A salvage team managed to fully sink the vessel three weeks later, but she came to rest on her starboard side rather than keel-up as hoped. Later efforts to right the ship failed despite the best efforts of all involved, including two very determined tugs. Then three years later, much to the surprise of the entire diving community, Hurricane Dennis righted the 510-foot ship with seas over 20 feet and a driving current. She now rests keel-up, fully dignified and ready for new adventures! Mooring buoys allow divers an easy tie-in and a steady hold. The lines are attached to the ship and allow divers to travel down them until they reach the hull. This is a very popular site. Divers will need multiple dives to become oriented and it may take countless dives for one to be able to experience all that this massive vessel has to offer. This is a great dive for using multi-level diving techniques and offers an incredible opportunity for exploration and excitement. This is a dive not to be missed. The reef formation that has arisen is impressive and has fostered growth of much pelagic life.
Tank Mixture NITROX, 32% Oxygen
Boat Description and Amenities
the Amoray Diver, our pristine 45 foot custom designed dive boat. Departing our docks on Florida Bay, we journey through the Marvin D. Adams waterway – our coral gateway to Caribbean waters. Then the Amoray Diver winds it’s way through a maze of mangroves – the vital breeding and protective habitat for all our tropical marine life.
US Coast Guard Approved Vessel, they provide fresh fruit, water, showers.
Please take the time to complete registration form before paying, as it is use for updates and to obtain your emergency contact. Thank you!
Must register before 3/27/13
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Rental equipment: If you need equipment please e-mail us or call dive shop to make proper arrangements.
Equipment All divers will be responsible to rent or bring their own equipment including: Mask, Fins, Snorkel BC, Regulator with Pressure and Depth Gauge, Timing Device, tanks (with appropriate NITROX mix if applicable), LIGHTS and weights. DON’T FORGET SNACKS, TOWEL,AND OBVIOUSLY YOUR GEAR
Decompression status and repetitive dive plans All dives are planned for no decompression
Special Safety procedures Pre-dive Briefing Arrangement of dive buddies. No club member can dive alone. Dive buddy checks
Re-compression Chamber: Click here to see the list
Hospital & Police: 911
Divers Alert Network: 1-919-684-9111
Any hazardous conditions anticipated Mild to strong current. All divers will adhere to the Clubs Safe Diving Practices. Emergency oxygen for first aid will be available aboard the boat.