In August 2007 the Schooner Western Union the Key West Flagship was sitting at the dock that she has occupied for the past ten years. Historic tours of
The last 10 years has been very ruff on the ship, lack of maintenance, up keep and working for the corporate world left a large mark on the current condition of the ship.
Her Coast Guard inspection yard date has passed and her Coast Guard Certificate of Operation will expire on December 31st, 2007. In order to re certify her, extensive work is needed. Besides the lack of the ships normal maintenance the following items need serious attention.
The deck is leaking and needs to be replaced, some of the deck beams need replacing, several ribs are in need of replacement and numerous planks need to be replaced. The transom is in need of repair, the engine beds need replacing, the jib boom needs replacing as do the shroud cables. She also needs new covering board and rail cap. The cost to do these repairs is estimated to be between $400,000 and $1,000,000.
With donated materials the cost of repairing the ship could be reduced greatly.