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Key West Shipwreck Museum Blog

Key West Lighthouse Museum

November 30th, 2012 by Mitch

Did you know that the tower of the lighthouse was originally 46 feet high and powered by 15 oil lamps with 15-inch reflectors?

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Shares of the Wreckers

November 26th, 2012 by Piper Smith

With all the salvaged cargo taken from shipwrecks, where did it all go?

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Reducing Wrecks

November 14th, 2012 by Piper Smith

The US government funded the construction of lighthouses to reduce the number of shipwrecks along the Floridian Reef. In the 1820s, lighthouses were erected at Cape Florida, Key West, Sand ...

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Spanish Operations

November 9th, 2012 by Piper Smith

As you probably know, the Spanish were really into treasure. Who wouldn’t be? In 1622, six Spanish ships of the Spanish Treasure Fleet wrecked due to a hurricane in the ...

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Why the Reefs Are Treacherous

November 1st, 2012 by Piper Smith

The chain of coral reefs stretching from Key West to the Dry Tortugas is about 200 miles long, which is separated from the Keys by a shallow, narrow channel called ...

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Mallory Square Key West Attractions

October 29th, 2012 by Mitch

Did you know that when the Key West Aquarium first opened in 1935, admission was 15 cents for adults and 5 cents for children? The Key West Aquarium was the ...

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Jamaica and Bermuda!

September 24th, 2012 by Piper Smith

Bermuda was a very important stop to Spanish ships on their way back to Spain on the Gulf Stream. Aiming for Bermuda was essential for verifying their position before laying ...

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Port Royal

September 5th, 2012 by Piper Smith

The center for wrecking in the Caribbean shifted in the latter portion of the 17th century. The new Caribbean station for wrecking became Port Royal, Jamaica. William Phips, the royally ...

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The Articles and Orders of Wrecking

August 20th, 2012 by Piper Smith

The first settlements of ship wreckers in the Bahamas began in 1648 by a group of religious refugees from Bermuda. They called themselves the “Eleutheran Adventures” and established their own ...

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Shipwrecks of the Florida Keys – April 28th

April 28th, 2012 by Key West Shipwreck Museum

Today in 1848, the brigantine Petrus wrecked on Sombrero Reef.

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