Texas Clipper


he USTS Texas Clipper served as a merchant marine training vessel with the Texas Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University at Galveston for 30 years beginning in 1965. She is a 473' ship, and her name is reflective of Clipper ships of the past which had rounded sterns.

Prior to 1965, Texas Clipper served in WWII as an attack transport vessel named USS Queens. Following the war, in 1948, she was converted into a trans-Atlantic ocean-liner, the SS Excambion. Excambion carried passengers and cargo on a regular sailing route from New York to various Mediterranean ports. In 2006, she was transferred to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Atificial Reef Program to be turned into an artificial reef.

While being prepared to become an artificial reef, Texas Clipper was docked at the Port of Brownsville, Tx for cleanup of hazardous materials and modifications for wildlife and diver safety. The conversion, cleanup and sinking cost over 4 million dollars.

She was eventually sunk on November 17, 2007, approximately 17 nautical miles northeast of South Padre Island, Tx in about 130' of water, where her structure reaches depths as shallow as 65'.

                                   2018 schedule
                               $185 (2 tank dives)

  Jun 9 (Sat) 8a-5p
 Jul 8 (Sun) 8a-5p
  Jul 21 (Sat) 8a-5p

    Aug 12 (Sun) 8a-5p (6 Spots remaning)
   Aug 25 (Sat) 8a-5p (SOLD OUT)

Trips will meet on the dock at 8am, depart at 9am, and return around 5pm

Trip includes 2 tank dives on the Tx Clipper
(cylinders not included)
Call for weather confirmation/cancellation at 4pm the day before the trip
Lunch served after the dives, on the way in (drinks not included, so bring your own)
Ice chests are welcome


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