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Sail into History on the Schooner Western Union

The Official Flagship of Key West and the State of Florida

Ship's Blog

Preserve my past, ensure my future.


As of this date, I am 74 years old, I continue to this day to do what I love and that is sail. Every day I welcome passengers aboard, some new faces, some old friends, all greatly appreciated. Everyone who sails with me helps pay for my existence and my future. Little did I know in my early years that I would be where I am today. Nobody knew that I would be the last of my kind to be built in Florida, no one could have foreseen the accomplishments I would achieve and the adventures I would have. I have laid thousands of miles of cable that have relayed countless messages, news, birthday and Christmas wishes. I have carried people to freedom, goods to far away ports, helped wayward souls find direction. I am proud to be the flagship of the State of Florida, and I am honored to serve as a museum, keeping the past alive. My upkeep today is more than in my younger days, my slip in the seaport, my sails, timbers and rigging all must be maintained. I am a not for profit organization so for every ticket you purchase you can share in my story, as you preserve my past, and ensure my future.

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