Laying perfectly upright, with the keel on the sand at 90ft (27 m), the 184ft (56 m) long Mexican Gun Boat was quickly inhabited by various marine life. The deck, at 64ft (20 m), is teeming with life, and it's common to see a large shoal of Big Eye Trevally hunting there. As we travel around the wreck we commonly see large Wrasse, Groupers, Morays, and, looking up, flights of Eagle Rays. Soft corals have colonized the wreck and now offer a home to many Arrow crabs and Fire worms, amongst other small crustaceans and invertebrates. And, close to the Wheelhouse watch out for the resident barracuda, he’s getting big!
Don't forget, we need a minimum of 2 divers and have to book in advance to get the best possible conditions for the dive. Ask early to avoid disappointment!
During the Second World War, the 184-foot-long USS Knave (AM-256) was launched by the American Ship Building Company of Lorain, Ohio on March 13th. The vessel was an Admirable minesweeper, she served in the Atlantic and was decommissioned in May 1946.
In February 1955, Knave was reclassified MSF-256, but she never left reserve status.
In October 1962 she was sold to the Mexican Navy and renamed ARM DM-13. During 1994, she was renamed ARM Cadete Juan Escutia (C56). The C56 wreck was purposefully sunk, on 28th Oct 2000 by the President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo as a new Riviera Maya attraction for divers.