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Key West Shipwreck Museum Blog

The Andrea Doria

January 30th, 2014 by Piper Smith

The Andrea Doria wreck is one of the worst of the 20th century.

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The Kinds of Wrecks

January 22nd, 2014 by Piper Smith

Did you know that there are many different kinds of wrecks?

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Why the Wreckers Hated Lighthouses

January 13th, 2014 by Piper Smith

In order to decrease the occurrence of wrecks along the Florida coast, the US government commissioned the construction of many lighthouses to better guide incoming ships.

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The Most Valuable Cargo

January 5th, 2014 by Piper Smith

The types of cargo that wreckers salvaged varied greatly, but cotton was by far the most valuable bulk cargo.

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The Dangerous Shoals of the Florida Keys

December 27th, 2013 by Piper Smith

During the 19th century, wrecking was a necessary activity in the Florida Keys to maintaining a stable and healthy economy.

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How Did Wrecking Begin?

December 18th, 2013 by Piper Smith

As soon as Europeans began to visit the New World, ships began to wreck along the Florida Reef.

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How to Maroon

December 10th, 2013 by Piper Smith

The act of marooning is the intentional abandonment of someone in a remote area, like an uninhabited island.

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Walk the Plank!

December 1st, 2013 by Piper Smith

Along with treasure maps and buried treasure, the concept of walking the plank is more of a modern, cinematic phenomenon than actual historic truth.

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Port Royal

November 23rd, 2013 by Piper Smith

Most of us have heard of Port Royal from the acclaimed Pirates of the Caribbean saga, but did you know that Port Royal actually exists?

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The Art of Privateering

November 14th, 2013 by Piper Smith

Were privateers and pirates the same? Sort of. A privateer acted similarly to a pirate, but acted "pirately" with a commission or letter of marque from a governmental entity.

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