Sunken Civil War boat will become 'shipwreck park'

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The wreck of the U.S. Navy ship lost Jan. 4, 1866, off Egmont Key, Fla., has been nominated to become Florida's 12th "shipwreck park," according to a 2011 proposal from the Florida state archaeological research bureau.

"The designation is expected to make the wreck a destination for scuba divers and boost the tourist trade along Pinellas County beaches and in local dive shops," the Tribune reported.

The USS Narcissus will be unique among Florida's underwater archaeological preserves because it is U.S. Government property, the proposal states. Under the Sunken Military Craft Act of 2005, the U.S. Navy will continue to own the ship.

Built in 1863 during the Civil War, in East Albany, N.Y., the ship was commissioned as USS Narcissus at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in February 1864, according to the preservation proposal.

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