Dive - Felipe Xicotencatl
built in Tampa at the Wilson Marine Shipworks in 1944.
Measuring 184 feet long, 33 feet wide and 40 feet high
from keel to the top of the super structure, this ship
was put into service as mine sweeper for the US Navy as
In 1962 she was sold to the Mexican
Navy, converted to an Admiral Class gun boat and named
and numbered FELIPE XICOTANCATL C-53. From 1962 to 1999
she patrolled the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican Caribbean
sea serving in rescue missions and patrolling for illegal
arms and drugs.
55 years of service C-53 was decommissioned and later donated
to Cozumel underwater park. C-53 was sunk in 1999 in 82'
of water just off shore from Chankanaab Park.
Want to explore sunken ships,
crashed planes and the lost treasures beneath the surface?
Then the PADI
Wreck Diver program is just what you want. You'll learn
the planning, organization, techniques and hazards of wreck
diving. Preparation and use of lights, air supply, special
equipment, penetration lines and reels. Limited visibility
techniques and emergency procedures. Must be a PADI Advanced
Open Water Diver and be at least 15 years old. This course
and others are available through Scuba-Cozumel 5-Star Training
photos of the Felipe Xicotencatl