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Local Author Takes a Presidential Plunge

Roosevelt’s Undersea Adventure and Naval Legacy Recounted by Local Historian

Local author, researcher, and scuba diver Adam Grohman, who has searched for submarines, rum runners, shipwrecks, and other interesting aspects of our local maritime history, has recently completed his research into President Theodore Roosevelt’s historic plunge beneath the waters of Oyster Bay aboard the Plunger submarine in August of 1905. “Theodore Roosevelt,” Grohman commented, “was a fascinating American. He exemplified the ‘can do’ spirit and his support of the nation’s naval forces is sometimes overshadowed by his other myriad accomplishments. Presidential Plunge – Theodore Roosevelt, the Plunger Submarine and the United States Navy highlights his efforts and focuses in on this continuously important aspect of Roosevelt’s legacy.”

Though President Roosevelt’s historical submarine ride is the focal point of Adam Grohman’s newest body of research, he does more than just tell the story of the president’s brief sojourn beneath local waters. Instead, as pointed out in the volume’s introduction by U.S. Navy Commander Henry J. Hendrix, (author of Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy: The U.S. Navy and the Birth of the American Century) “Grohman has produced a remarkable book that centers upon one event, but then spins the reader 360 degrees around the focal point to discover the interconnected nature, the wholeness of Theodore Roosevelt’s life, his interest in the Navy and its impact upon the United States at the dawn of the 20th century.”

“Presidential Plunge is an extensive history of the myriad efforts of Theodore Roosevelt,” Grohman commented, “throughout his lifetime, in support of the U.S. Navy. Exemplified through his actions as a naval historian, staunch supporter of the growth and efficiency of the fleet, preserver of the nation’s naval heritage, and his characteristic rolling-up-the-sleeves efforts to demonstrate his leadership to both enlisted and officer components of the service, Roosevelt’s lifelong support guaranteed the Navy’s role in the proud maritime history of the United States.” Grohman continued by stating that “Presidential Plunge documents Roosevelt’s continuous support of the naval service while describing the historic voyage undertaken by Roosevelt aboard the submarine torpedo boat Plunger in the waters of Oyster Bay, New York and the Long Island Sound in August of 1905. Presidential Plunge explores and documents Roosevelt’s arduous efforts in the building of a strong and efficient naval fleet – an integrally important action - that remains as vital today as it did over one hundred years ago.” The 168-page book includes multiple photographs and illustrations, copious footnotes, references, source listing, an index, and several appendices.

Grohman, the chief diver and researcher of the Underwater Historical Research Society, which was founded in 2004, continues to keep himself immersed in the history of the community. “We are actively providing presentations to a host of groups throughout the area to bring history alive for the young and old alike.” Regarding the multiple efforts of the society, Grohman commented that “the purpose of the Underwater Historical Research Society is to research, identify and educate and it is always a pleasure to highlight our research findings with the public and to foster an interest in the community’s rich maritime past. Grohman’s historical research is featured in Long Island Boating World, each month in his two columns – In Our Waters and Sentinels and Saviors of the Seas. Grohman is also the author of seven other non-fiction research titles including Claimed by the Sea – Long Island Shipwrecks, Non Liquet – The Bayville Submarine Mystery, Runner Aground – A History of the Schooner William T. Bell, Ugly Duckling – Liberty Ship S.S. C.W. Post, Mask, Fins & Knife – A History of the U.S. Navy U.D.T. and S.E.A.L. Diving Equipment from World War II to Present, Beneath the Blue & Grey Waves – Sub-Marine Warfare of the American Civil War, and Dive GTMO – A Diver’s Guide to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba which was co-authored by fellow UHRS founder Andrew Campbell.

Grohman and his dive team are currently searching for a World War II aircraft, assisting other diving groups with their research, diving on historical locations in search of new and interesting facets of their history, and putting the final touches on his next book. “It is a little bit of a departure from my usual research,” Grohman commented. “Of course the story is culled from the pages of maritime history but it is also a detective story involving an enigmatic mad man. Twisted throughout are other aspects of history that correlate to the main story which all collectively provide a deeper meaning and message while illustrating several interesting aspects of our society at the turn of the twentieth century that remain as consistent and omnipresent today as they did then, including terrorism.” The book, titled American Anarchist, is set to be released in late 2009 or early 2010. “History is important and we, the members of the Underwater Historical Research Society, take our mission seriously. The more we can educate others about the past, the more we can plan for the future.”

Grohman was born and raised in Pomona, NJ. He received his Associates in science and associates in Arts from Atlantic Cape Community College and then went to Long Island University at C.W. Post and completed his bachelor’s in fine arts degree in film. He received his masters in arts, in history with Honors in 2009 from American Military University. He is a boatswain’s mate in the United States Coast Guard Reserve and has served in Cape May, NJ, San Diego, CA, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a member of a USCG Port Security Unit Detachment, and most recently, Jones Beach, NY. Adam is a PADI dive master and is currently working on a second master’s degree in military studies focusing on naval strategy. He is co-founder of the Underwater Historical Research Society which works to “research, identify, and educate” the general public about underwater history. Adam, Kendall, and their sons Aidan Jack and Liam Patrick reside in Brookville.

Copies of Presidential Plunge or any of the other titles of the Underwater Historical Research Society can be ordered directly from the publisher at www.lulu.com/adamgrohman. ISBN #978-0-578-03122-4. For more information about the publications and activities of the Underwater Historical Research Society, please visit www.uhrs.org.