C-53 Location Cozumel

History of Amazing Ships

Here is some past history of these amazing ships:

The Admirable class was the largest and one of the most successful classes of minesweepers the United States Navy ordered during World War II: Wreck Scuba Diving.

Typically, the minesweeper detected and removed mines before the rest of the fleet arrived, thereby ensuring safe passage for the larger ships. They were also charged with antisubmarine warfare (ASW) duties with rear-mounted depth charge racks and a forward-firing Hedgehog. Their job was essential to the safety and success of U.S. naval operations during World War II and the Korean War. These minesweepers were also employed as patrol and escort vessels.

Several of these vessels were sold to the Mexican Navy back in the beginning of the 60’s. They were commissioned at the Mexican Navy and some of them still are in great shape and use.

Our wrecks:

ARM Cadete Juan Escutia (C56)
USS-Knave-(AM-256)

C-56 Location Puerto Morelos

USS Knave (AM-256) was an Admirable Class Mine Sweeper built for the USA Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic during World War II and was decommissioned in May 1946 and placed in reserve. While she remained in reserve, Knave was reclassified as MSF-256 in February 1955 but never reactivated. In October 1962, she was sold to the Mexican Navy and renamed ARM DM-13. In 1994 she was renamed ARM Cadete Juan Escutia (C56). She was stricken in 2000.


ARM-General-Felipe-Xicoténcatl
C-53 Location Cozumel

C-53 Location Cozumel

USS Scuffle (AM-298) Also built for the USA Navy during World War II. 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 and placed in reserve. While she remained in reserve, Scuffle was reclassified as MSF-298 in February 1955 but never reactivated. In October 1962, she was sold to the Mexican Navy and renamed ARM DM-05. In 1994 she was renamed ARM General Felipe Xicoténcatl. She is reported as being sunk of Cozumel in 1999 and was stricken from the rolls of the Mexican Navy in 2000The former Scuffle was acquired by the Mexican Navy in October 1962 and renamed ARM DM-05. She was renamed ARM General Felipe Xicoténcatl (C53) in 1994. She is reported as being sunk of Cozumel in 1999 and was stricken from the rolls of the Mexican Navy in 2000.


ARM Teniente Juan de la Barrera (C55)
USS Ransom (AM-283)

The C-55

USS Ransom (AM-283) was built for the USA Navy during World War II.  She was awarded three BATTLE STARS for service in the Pacific during World War II. On 6 April, Ransom shot down three suicide aircraftwhile rescuing 52 survivors. The Ransom also is said to have been commissioned at Pearl Harbor. She was decommissioned in March 1947 and placed in reserve. She was recommissioned in March 1951 during the Korean War and remained in commission until September 1953, when she was placed in reserve again. While she remained in reserve, The Ransom was reclassified as MSF-283 in February 1955 but never reactivated. In 1962 she was sold to the Mexican Navy and renamed ARM DM-12. In 1994 she was renamed ARM Teniente Juan de la Barrera (C55). She was stricken in 2000 and sunk in Cancun, Mexico as an artificial reef.


The C-55 ARM DM-12

The C-58 confusion and mistery

USS Harlequin (AM-365) Harlequin was launched 3 June 1944 sponsored by Mrs. Mary M. Doig, whose husband and son were reported missing in action and who also had another son, a brother, and nine nephews in the Navy (IT IS SAID BUT NOT DOCUMENTED THAT PART OF HER STORY AND THE STORY OF AGNES ALLISON FOUR SONS ON THE CIVIL WAR WAS USED FOR THE SAVING PRIVATE RYAN MOVIE SCRIPT). She commissioned 28 September 1945, Lt. Henry R. Darling, USNR, in command. Reporting to San Pedro California, for shakedown 19 October, Harlequinremained there until 29 November, when she sailed south, reaching New Orleans,Louisiana , 15 December. Harlequin sailed to Texas, 2 April 1946 and decommissioned there 27 May. While she remained in reserve, Harlequin was reclassified MSF-365 on 7 February 1955. Harlequin was struck from the Navy list on 1 May 1962, and later, on 2 October 1962, sold to Mexico.

The former Harlequin was acquired by the Mexican Navy in October 1962 and renamed ARM DM-20. From 1976–1978 she was disarmed and converted to an oceanographic research vessel; she was renamed ARM Oceanográfico (H02) around this same time. In 1993, she was renamed ARM General Pedro María Anaya (A08). Sometime after April 1999, she was rearmed and converted to a school ship (Spanish: buque escuela) and renamed ARM Aldabaran

As of 2007 Aldebaran remained in active service with the Mexican Navy.

There is confusion about this ship, the original ARM General Anaya was given A08 ID numbers, but the A08 now Aldebaran, is not the same original General Anaya that was given C58 ID

like several of the C-50’s the 58 has always been a mystery in the Naval archives as was the original HARLEQUIN that was said it was at the Pacific and close to Pearl Harbor in the 2nd world war, here some of its documented history.

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