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Civil War tugboat to become underwater archaeological preserve

The 1866 wreck of the USS Narcissus is set to become Florida’s 12th underwater archaeological preserve.

The ship was involved in operations from New Orleans to Pensacola, but its most famous engagement came during the Battle of Mobile Bay on Aug. 5, 1864.

The union fleet’s victory at Mobile Bay captured a key Confederate port and lived on in popular culture thanks to the “Damn the torpedoes!” command attributed to Rear Adm. David G. Farragut as he urged his ships forward against an array of defenses.

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Story: Zac Anderson, Herald Tribune | Photo: Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research

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