USS Narcissus Snorkeling
The 17th most popular snorkel dive spot in Florida Gulf Coast.
Saturday 19 November 2016 06:50 GMT
Southwest of St Petersburg, the snorkeling at the USS Narcissus underwater preserve offers divers a wreck located in shallow waters. The USS Narcissus was a Civil War era ship measuring over 80 feet long and 18 feet wide that sank in 1866 due to a boiler explosion. The water depth at the USS Narcissus wreck site is only 15 feet deep, so there is plenty of the ship to view by snorkelers. If you’re lucky to get a good sand shift, you can see much of the hull structure. The stern points generally to the east, and the main features of the ship are still roughly in their original positions.
When starting a snorkeling dive from the stern and swimming towards the bow, snorkelers will first encounter the four-bladed iron propeller and the stern assembly, which consists of the keel, a keel rider, the sternposts, the stern knee, two pieces of deadwood, and the shaft. Just forward of the stern assembly, you may observe the pillow block and the shaft cap. Continuing to towards the bow, is the single cylinder engine and shaft assembly, which seem to be well-preserved.
During a USS Narcissus snorkeling dive, you may encounter a variety of marine life including flounder, sheepshead, goliath grouper, wrasse and sandfish. The habitat supports many invertebrates including spoinges, crabs and feather duster worms.
This boat-accessed snorkeling dive site has mooring buoys so that your boat doesn’t damage the artifacts. Also, make sure to display a diver-down flag while snorkeling at the USS Narcissus.
The USS Narcissus snorkeling dive site is located about 2.75 miles off Egmont Key. Snorkeling on the Florida Gulf Coast, such as at XXXX, is not known for good visibility. Matter of fact, the snorkeling is known for very low water clarity in the range from 1 foot to 7 feet most of the year.
Overall, USS Narcissus is the 17th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 18 snorkeling dives in Florida Gulf Coast. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby USS Narcissus including Egmont Key, Devils Den Spring, Honeymoon Island State Park and Caladesi Island State Park.