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6 Undiscovered Wrecks

July 18th, 2017 by Piper Smith

Is it possible to know of wrecks that have yet to be discovered? How do we track that?

Today, we have GPS technology where locating sinking (and floating) ships is easier to locate. As recent as the early 1900’s Ships have sunk and are yet to be found. Because of currents and drifts in the ocean it is difficult to pinpoint an exact location without the use of today’s technology.

The locations known of these sunken ships is a “guestimation” of their course of travel and where they submerged into the water.

Six wrecks that embody this situation are the Santa Maria 1492), USS Indianapolis (1945), HMS Endeavour (1778), The Griffin (1679), Shackleton’s Endurance (1914), Bonhomme Richard (1779).

 

Get to Know Mindy Tucker

July 4th, 2017 by Piper Smith

Title: Supervisor

What brought you to Key West?

A job in an art gallery

What’s your favorite thing about your character?

The costumes I get to wear

What historical fact did you find most interesting about the wrecking industry?

The amount of wrecks there were and the amount of money it brought to Key West.

What’s your favorite thing about the KWSTM?

The ability to share the history of our island with people who didn’t realize our past.

Happy Independence Day!

July 4th, 2017 by Piper Smith

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Happy First Day of Summer!

June 21st, 2017 by Piper Smith

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Treasure Hunting from the Shore

June 20th, 2017 by Piper Smith

Every once in awhile an article in newspaper appears talking about a new wreck that has been found and the treasures that have been claimed. An exciting experience for these treasure hunters as they spend most of their life and career looking for the motherlode.

Now, not everyone can do such a feat, BUT we can find treasures right here on shore.

All you need is a backyard or ample of amount of land that you can dig into, a metal detector, and a shovel.

If you live on a coast, all you need is to walk along the shoreline- treasures wash up to shore all the time.

Patience is key when it comes to looking for that piece of sea glass, gold, or fossil. But it’s not impossible.

Happy Fathers Day!

June 18th, 2017 by Piper Smith

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Happy Memorial Day!

May 29th, 2017 by Piper Smith

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Glass Buoys

May 23rd, 2017 by Piper Smith

Glass buoys were used in the ocean waters to support large fishing nets- could be found with many individual fishing nets strung together, sometimes even miles in extent. These buoys prevented the nets from sinking.  Glass buoys range in size from a golf ball to a basketball.

Visit us at the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum and get an up close look at these buoys.

Happy Mothers Day!

May 14th, 2017 by Piper Smith

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Get to Know Jarrett Merkey

May 9th, 2017 by Piper Smith

Title: Actor/Supervisor

What brought you to Key West?

Born and raised here

What’s your favorite thing about your character?

I like Smokey Joes humor.

What historical fact did you find most interesting about the wrecking industry?

The entire process from wreck to payday.

What’s your favorite thing about the KWSTM?

Our comradery here and seeing our guests smile.

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