|SV Western Union underway at Key West, FL|
The SV Western Union was designed, timbers cut in Grand Cayman of native woods and shipped to Key West where she was assembled and rigged in 1939 by Grand Cayman and Conch craftsmen. She is an American coastal schooner of traditional design and served the telegraph company as a cable repair ship for 35 years. Years later she was tidied-up and used as a local tour vessel in response to a growing tourist trade to replace the reduction and eventual departure of the US Naval Base, though the USCG still has an important Base there to the present day.
When Historic Tours of America ceased operations there was a fear that she would leave Key West. This in turn triggered the locals to form Schooner Western Union Preservation Society and Museum. Rather a long name but they accomplished their goal raising the monies some $1.25 million for a restoration, refurbishment over three years; now they are back in business doing tours.
|Sloop SV Providence|