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C-53 Wreck, Felipe Xicotencatl - Mexico

C-53 Wreck, Felipe Xicotencatl is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. This dive site has an average rating of 4.25 out of 5 from 32 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 71-80ft/22-24m. The average visibility is 81-90ft/25-27m.

General Felipe Santiago Xicoténcatl

USS Scuffle (AM-298) was an Admirable-classminesweeper built for the U.S. Navy. She was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation and five battle stars for service in the Pacific during World War II. She was decommissioned in June 1946 . In October 1962, she was sold to Mexico and later renamed. General Felipe Xicoténcatl (C53). Donated by the Secretary of the Navy of Mexico to be sunk and serve as an artificial reef. She now rests at a depth of 80 ft (24.3 m)off of Cozumel. (Smithsgold)

Originally 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 SCUFFLES. 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.

After 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

154 feet (56.3 mts) long
33 feet (10.10 mts) wide
40 feet (12 mts) high
Displacement: 1000 tons



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Badlander316 - 8/22/2014 5:01 PM
Rating Added: 5
I actually proposed to my fiancé on this shipwreck on 9-6-2013.
Smithsgold - 8/23/2014 11:32 AM
Congrats !!!
Badlander316 - 8/26/2014 7:01 AM
Thank you! We will be in North Carolina Sept 6-13 and making some dives, then its the Bahamas in October
Czechcanadian - 7/03/2014 5:36 PM
Rating Added: 5
This was my first wreck dive and it was awesome going thru it.
seachaser1 - 5/26/2014 7:45 PM
Rating Added: 3
Cool dive
C-h-r-i-s - 5/06/2014 7:33 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/24/2014. Average viz: 101-110ft/31-34m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
C-h-r-i-s - 5/06/2014 7:32 PM
Rating Added: 4
large ship wreck, not a lot of sea life in wreck
scubaduck - 1/28/2014 8:37 AM
Does anybody know why divemasters don’t want to take groups there? 5 years in a row to Cozumel and only once could we convince them to take us to the wreck. Didn’t spend much time on it.
Smithsgold - 1/29/2014 10:49 AM
Don’t know but I’ve dove it 3 times in 2 trips to Cozumel just had to ask maybe its the currents on that given day ??
Smithsgold - 1/29/2014 10:50 AM
It’s my favorite dive site !!! Did my 100th dive there !!!
Hansdown - 1/29/2014 4:28 PM
I have dove it several times also, but have been told there was too much current on given days also. The Hurrican moved it at one point several years ago and that was an excuse one time also.
Skipster - 8/04/2013 7:36 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/27/2009. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m.
Hansdown - 2/14/2013 7:57 PM
I posted a couple video of the C-53 on YouTube - search Hansdown1
zielit - 2/06/2013 12:20 PM
Rating Added: 4
Nice wreck, not too big, great for training. One will find something on it for every level of wreck diving experience, staring with big openings on sides for novice divers to tight and dark low vis turns and spaces on lower decks.
KenFreed - 11/23/2012 10:34 PM
Rating Added: 4
Saw a red and a black frog fish by the wreck. LOTS to see on this ship.
Smithsgold - 8/30/2012 10:58 AM
I went scuba diving here on 9/25/2009. Average viz: 121-130ft/37-40m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
1st Wreck Dive
lvh2o_2010 - 12/25/2011 9:05 AM
Rating Added: 3
Fun wreck, bring a light :)
Ed - 12/24/2011 3:33 PM
Rating Added: 3
The dive is hit or miss. If the current is low it is a fun dive with plenty of fish but if the current is really moving you’ll be lucky to stay on the wreck. With all the dive sites in COZ I’d pass on this one unless you just have to dive a wreck.
Smithsgold - 10/13/2009 12:29 AM
Great Dive !!!!!