Shipwreck near Fort De Soto may receive state designation

Roughly two miles west of Fort De Soto Park, in about 18 feet of water, lies what’s left of the USS Narcissus, a Civil War tugboat that exploded after hitting a shoal in 1866, killing all 29 people on board.

When the state started surveying the wreck in the 1990s, there wasn’t much for divers to see in this particular spot in the Gulf of Mexico – basically only part of the ship’s steam engine

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