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Archive for the ‘Key West Museums’ Category

Locals Day

January 7th, 2018 by Piper Smith

Calling all Locals! Every FIRST SUNDAY of the month is FREE for Monroe County residents! Come on down to the Key West Shipwreck Museum for a tour!


*Proof of residency required

Hometown Pass

January 6th, 2018 by Piper Smith

Key West Residents that sign up for Read the rest of this entry »

Widows Walk

October 24th, 2017 by Piper Smith

A widow’s walk is also known as a Widow’s Watch. It is a small railed rooftop platform frequently found on 19th-century North American coastal houses. They are a common sight to see on Original Conch Houses built during the Wrecking Era.

Some properties in Key West with a widow’s walk include:

The Curry Mansion, Sarabeth’s, John Lowe Jr. House, Island City House.

Replica Doll House of the Lowe House on Southard St.

Asa Tift

August 22nd, 2017 by Piper Smith

Asa Tift was the elder son of Captain Amos Tift, one of the Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ship Figureheads

April 18th, 2017 by Piper Smith

Leading back to before the Viking period (I know, I thought the vikings started them too) at around 350 and 650 A.D. ship figureheads began making an appearance on large vessels. They began when the Germanic were making way into Europe. A few centuries later and the Vikings began making ship figureheads to look like dragons.

This was during a time where most people could not read, so the Ship Figureheads were used as symbols to indicate the name of the ship and in some cases, also show status of wealth and power of a country.

In Germany, Belgium, and Holland ship figureheads were thought to be of good luck and contained spirits that would protect and guide the ship safely.

now-a-days, to see a ship figurehead you will mostly have to go to a museum… like the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum!!

This figure head can be found at KWSTM!