Today in History
The S-4 at the pier during the Munson Lung test. The Heritage House Collection, donated by the Campbell, Poirier and Pound families

Saturday, January 31, 2015


1887: The population of Key West was reported to be 17,000.

1900: The Florida sponge fishery reached a peak when 189,661 kg of sponges with a value of $567,685 was landed.

1911: The Ross Company was building the east jetty in the Northwest Channel.

1929: The Navy towed the submarine S-4 into port. The submarine vessel, which was sunk in a accident in 1927 killing 40 sailors, was used to test a submarine escape device.

1953: The new dog track on Stock Island, which was built in six weeks, drew an opening-night crowd estimated at 4,000.

1989: Commander William H. Westray, USN retired, died at age 70. He had served as executive officer of the Naval Air Station and after his retirement had been an activist in local government. He wrote the Key West Comprehensive Plan and led the movement to cap building heights at 40 feet.