Groupers and Gun Mounts:
Inside the USS Spiegel Grove
From Cold War warriors to dive enthusiasts, mix history with underwater fun and plunge onto the USS Spiegel Grove, the famous artificial reef in Key Largo, Florida.
I’ve enjoyed the Upper Keys wrecks and have a lot of hours exploring and teaching on the Spiegel Grove. Charlie Hudson’s Groupers and Gun Mounts is a great book for those of us who have been on the ship many times and I think is especially useful for anyone who is planning their first dive on the SG. Richie Kohler, Shipwreck historian, explorer, technical diver, television and film personality/consultant I have known Don Altemus for many years and have been diving with him in the Dominican Republic. I am proud of my influence on Don’s spirit of exploration and for assisting in my work on Spanish treasure galleons of the 17th and 18th centuries. Even though the wreck of the Spiegel Grove is from a more modern era, Groupers and Gun Mounts will give divers an inside look at the personnel and activities occurring daily on each deck level while the ship was in service. Wreck divers coming to Florida need to know about the Spiegel Grove in Key Largo, Florida. Captain Tracy Bowdon, Undersea and Shipwreck Explorer My front door opens into the Atlantic Ocean. As an expert on diving wrecks in South Florida, I’ve often been involved in ship’s deployments to create artificial reefs. The diving community is fortunate that Charlie Hudson has co-authored Groupers and Gun Mounts. Her book, Islands in the Sand, is the dictionary on the “business of artificial reef creation”. Don Altemus has been photographing South Florida wrecks from my boat for 30 years. Don and Charlie are uniquely qualified to introduce divers of all skill levels to the story of the Spiegel Grove. Captain Mike Beach, RJ Diving, Inc., Miami, Florida
Format: 8.5 x 8.5 Color Paperback, 51 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 21, 2011)
Genre: SPORTS & RECREATION / Water Sports / Scuba & Snorkeling