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Rob Bleser, the project manager for the sinking of Spiegel Grove, dove the wreck late Monday afternoon and confirmed that the ship is sitting as originally intended.
"The ship is facing exactly the same direction, with the same orientation, except it's absolutely flat upright," Bleser said. "It looked just like it did in the shipyard. It's wild to see it that way.
"It was a great dive the way it was, but with it upright, it's just going to be absolutely spectacular."
Spiegel Grove was supposed to be filled with water, blown up and sunk on May 17, 2002. During final preparations, but before explosives were placed in the ship, Spiegel Grove started to sink on its own and turned over, its bow poking 20 feet out of the water. It took nearly a month for salvage crews to sink the ship in 130 feet of water about six miles off Key Largo.