C-58 and C-55
· The ship is a former US navy vessel used as a minesweeper during World War II – originally named the USS Harlequin –
· Passed hands to the Mexican Navy, who deliberately was sunk it in the 1980s to create an artificial reef.
· After the hurricane damage from Wilma in 2005, which basically split the vessel in two, all the ship’s rooms are accessible to divers, making this a fascinating and many-faceted dive experience.
· You can interact with lobsters, parrotfish, barracudas, manta rays, barracuda, groupers and other impressive marine life.
· Divers can swim around the entire ship as well entering it (known as penetration dives).
The best known of these is the C -58 or General Anaya , built in 1944 in Portland, Oregon and sold to Mexico in 1962 ; in 1980 it was sunk in Cozumel Coast since it could not be used anymore.
Shipwreck in Cancun name is Lieutenant Juan de la Barrera C -55 , was sunk in Cancun, Mexico in 2000 for recreational diving.