USS Narcissus. Making History Never Gets Old.

L-R: Nicole Tumbleson Morris, Sean Paxton, Brooks Paxton, Casey Coy after a successful monument deployment. 

L-R: Nicole Tumbleson Morris, Sean Paxton, Brooks Paxton, Casey Coy after a successful monument deployment. 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE : "There's no doubt pulling off a monumental collaborative task like producing a live underwater broadcast from an American Civil War era shipwreck in Tampa Bay for a room full of Dignitaries, VIP's and the media is a lot of pressurized hard work, but we can't call it a job. We love this stuff. It's where we thrive and so does our project team. We'd like to thank Joe Bamford, Tom Leobold and Curt Bowen for joining us on this epic adventure and playing key roles in pulling off another great live show.

And to the world-class team at the Florida Aquarium and South Eastern Archaeological Services. It's hard to believe it's been four years since the first time we started exploring these kind of wild ideas together. You all are, without a doubt, among the world's very best of the best at what you do. It's our prideful pleasure to continue our collaborations with you on some of the most cutting-edge, engaging multimedia outreach and distance learning projects anywhere!"  - Sean & Brooks Paxton aka the Shark Brothers


January 15, 2015
Tampa, Florida

The Florida Department of State, The Florida Aquarium and South Eastern Archaeological Services, to Host Historic Live Underwater Dedication Ceremony of the USS Narcissus
Live underwater broadcast produced by Sean and Brooks Paxton, founders of Shot Locker Productions

On January 20, 2015 at 10:30am, the USS Narcissus will be officially named as Florida’s 12th State Underwater Archaeological Preserve. An underwater monument, placed on the site during an expedition on January 15th, will be unveiled, live, during the ceremony to also honor all those lost when the ship sank on January 4th, 1866. 

Crew of the US Coast Guard Vessel "VISE" deploy the monument on January 15, 2015.

VIP's attending the ceremony will include Florida Department of State leadership including Secretary of State Ken Detzner; Florida’s State Historic Preservation Officer, Robert Bendus; State, City and County officials; Maritime Archaeologists and Tampa Bay Historic Shipwreck Project Co-Principal Investigators, Nicole Tumbleson Morris and John William Morris III. Direct descendant of the USS Narcissus crew, Danny Redmond, will also participate by diving the site and unveiling the monument during the live broadcast.

The Program will be held in the Vinik Channelside Room at The Florida Aquarium, located at 701 Channelside Drive in Tampa, FL with a live interactive underwater Dedication Ceremony from the resting place of the USS Narcissus. This underwater broadcast will offer a unique dedication of this historic vessel. Live interaction with The Florida Aquarium SCUBA divers and Archaeologists will also include an unveiling of the monument.


View mini-documentary produced by Shot Locker Productions

The USS Narcissus is a Civil War tugboat, turned warship, that took part in the naval blockade of southern ports, and was presented during the Battle of Mobile Bay. The tug was lost with all souls on board (over two dozen sailors) off Egmont Key during a storm in 1866, on her way to New York. 

The dedication of the USS Narcissus as the 12th State Underwater Archaeological Preserve showcases the commitment of local organizations working together to preserve this important piece of Florida history as well as providing yet another reason for people to visit this great state. For more information about the State Underwater Archaeological Preserves, visit

For more information, contact Katie Kole at or 850.245.6471 or Katherine Claytor with the FloridaAquarium at 813.367.4036.