Key West Ship­wreck Mu­seum

Modern Pioneer - - Salvage -

The his­tory of Key West, Florida, is tied in­deli­bly to the ocean. Fish­ing, sponge div­ing and wreck­ing all put Key West on the map. The Key West Ship­wreck Mu­seum is ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing the his­tory of the wreck­ing trade as it was in Key West dur­ing the midto late-1800s. It does this by telling the story of a ship­wreck that oc­curred in 1856. Ac­tors in pe­riod dress take you back in time to when Key West was known as the Conch Repub­lic.

You’ll see many items on dis­play in the mu­seum that give you an idea of what was sal­vaged. Some items might seem of lit­tle value to­day, but con­sider how it was 200 years ago. Nails and wood were scarce and valu­able to the is­land’s res­i­dents. A visit to the mu­seum pro­vides a good per­spec­tive on how peo­ple lived back then.

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