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Key West Shipwreck Museum Blog

When We Say “Wreck Ashore…”

June 3rd, 2013 by Piper Smith

Climb to the top of our 65' tower and look out for reefs! Let Mr. Asa Tift know if you see anything treacherous for the nearly 100 ships that used ...

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What is a Spanish Galleon?

May 26th, 2013 by Piper Smith

A Spanish Galleon was a huge sailing ship that was comprised of multiple decks that were constructed and used by European states between the 16th and 18th centuries.

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A 65 Foot View of Asa Tift

May 17th, 2013 by Piper Smith

The Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum combines actors, films, and actual artifacts to tell the story of 400 years of shipwrecking salvage in the Florida Keys.

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Vigil Night and Day!

May 9th, 2013 by Piper Smith

Did you know that Key West wreckers used to watch the treacherous reefs all day and all night to spot for potential wrecks?

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Railroad Ties Loose Ends of Wrecking

March 11th, 2013 by Piper Smith

Like most famous [or infamous] eras, the Era of Wrecking eventually declined and came to an end. With new technologies of the world sweeping through the roaring

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When Did It Begin?

March 7th, 2013 by Piper Smith

The wrecking of vessels along the Floridian reefs began to occur once Europeans reached the New World. As early as the 1600s, Spanish ships returning to Spain from the New ...

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Where Are We?

February 25th, 2013 by Piper Smith

The Key West Shipwreck Historeum is located on 1 Whitehead Street in Mallory Square (Key West, FL 33040).

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The Watery Grave of the Merchant Ship Isaac Allerton

February 14th, 2013 by Piper Smith

On the fateful night of August 28th, 1856, the Isaac Allerton was caught in a hurricane off Saddlebunch Key, fifteen miles from Key West.

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The Richest Wreck!

February 11th, 2013 by Piper Smith

Because the Isaac Allerton had sunk in incredibly deep water, the Key West wreckers were unsuccessful in salvaging all the cargo.

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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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