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Counter to popular stories, wreckers were a respected part of society and contributed to the very high average income of Key West in the 1830s. They did not lure ships onto the shore with false lights - their goal was saving lives and cargo. They were licensed and a license is on display.
This exhibit, which is in the back of the Oldest House/Wrecker's Museum says that there were no cases of false lights in this area. So the Key West lighthouse (pictured in one of the additional photos) was NOT built to foil the wreckers.
The exhibit has an interactive map with the various wrecks depicted on it - when the button next to the story of the wreck is pushed, the light on the map at that location lights up.
The Wrecker's Museum section also had a selection of cartoons and the office of the Captain.
Address: 322 Duval St.
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