Today in Keys History: Aug. 9
Key West CitizenAugust 9, 2017
1856: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4:30 and walked on the beach, returned home and bathed. At 8 a.m., barometer 29.47, thermometer 86, wind south by west 4, clouds 4. The brig Huntress, Capt. Watlington, went to sea for New York early. A schooner from Nassau reports that the Governor Anderson is in having been ashore not much injured. There was a report of a ship ashore on the Quicksands and the pilot boats went down to her last night and have not returned. The steamer Florida got in about 3 p.m. having been detained in Tampa for three days by bad weather. The Revenue Cutter Lewis Cass (from the bay) Capt. Brushwood came in and anchored off the town.
1906: Dr. J.W.V.R. Plummer died at 64. He came to Key West during the Civil War and was a prominent physician and civic leader. He has served in the state Legislature and was mayor of Key West from 1886 to 1888.
1965: The ship Seven Seas was towed into port by the Coast Guard after being found disabled at sea. A crewman had killed five of his boat mates and then left the vessel in a small boat. He was later saved by another ship and turned over to the Coast Guard. He was charged with murder in federal court in Miami.