Why Key West Was Originally Named "Bone Island

The fierce Calusa Indians were said to leave the remains of their enemies on the beaches of Key West, thus creating Key West's first name, Cayo Hueso... Island of Bones.

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Key West's Schooner Western Union


Let your eyes wonder around her 130 feet of varnished mahogany, taking in her solid masts, halyards and sails billowing in the tropical breezes.


Schooner Western Union FAQ's:

Question: What is the Schooner Western Union?

Answer: It is a 130' schooner built in tradition of the wrecking vessels that were used in Key West to pick up wreckage in the 1800's.

Question: When was the ship built?

Answer: Construction of the ship started in 1938 and was launched in 1939.

Question: What was the ship originally used for?

Answer: The Western Union spent 35 years in active service for Western Union Telegraph Co., maintaining and laying more than 30,000 miles of undersea telegraph cable.

Question: What does the ship do now?

Answer: The historic vessel delights thousands of visitors to Key West by sharing with them this important part of Key West's rich maritime heritage.

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