The Senate, in a unanimous vote passed SB326 known as State Symbols/State Flagship and sponsored by Senator Bullard, which states:
Official state flagship.—The schooner Western Union, a 130-foot historic sailing vessel of the tall ship class, built in Key West and first launched in 1939, is designated the official state flagship.Now it is up to the Florida House to vote on their identical bill, H395 sponsored by Representive Broxson.
It is would be quite the honor to have the Schooner Western Union as the state's flagship. Already it is designated the official flagship of Key West.
Here is an early photo of the schooner, built to lay and maintain communication cables between Key West and the Caribbean. Notice the large pulleys, along the port side of the vessel, used to handle the large and heavy cables.
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