Western Union

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Tideone on February 18, 2001

The Western Union, a 130 foot schooner, which was built in Key West in 1939, offers day sails, sunset sails, and starlight cruises. This was the last tall ship to be built in Key West and sailed until 1974 maintaining communication cables in the shallow Gulf waters for the Western Union company.

One of the unique things about this ship is how the captain blows on a conch shell to announce the boat's departure. We were told he is the only ship's captain in Key West to follow this time honored tradition.

Passengers are also allowed to help lend a hand to the crew in raising the sails and even taking the helm to steer this beautiful old ship.

Live musicians play old sea shanty's as well as some well known favorites (Is that a Buffett tune I just heard?) and complimentary beer, wine and champagne, as well as soft drinks, are served to toast the setting sun.

Schooner Western Union
202 William St
Key West, Florida, 33040
+1 305 292 9830


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