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Key West Shipwreck Museum Blog

Nassau, the Keys, and Wrecking

February 6th, 2013 by Piper Smith

Did you know that what we now know as the Florida Keys were all a one time apart of Spain, the British Colonies, and was US Florida Territory? Even the ...

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Super Bowl Sunday and Free Admission

January 31st, 2013 by Piper Smith

Before the Super Bowl gets underway, why spend the afternoon enjoying the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum for free?

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Your Taste of Treasure!

December 31st, 2012 by Piper Smith

No, we don’t mean go lick some gold pieces of eight.

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Glimpsing Nineteenth Century Life

December 12th, 2012 by Piper Smith

“M-U-S-E-U-M.” The word has kind of a boring ring to it, doesn’t it?

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The False Lights

December 6th, 2012 by Piper Smith

Did you know there are legends that some ships were intentionally lured into danger by the use of false lights at disorienting coordinates? Wreckers would sometimes hang lanterns from the ...

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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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