After 70 years the Western Union needed some major work to remain Coast Guard certified. The entire transom needed replacement, all of the aft deck beams and decking, and 30-40% of the aft hull planking needed replacement.

It took over 6 hours to gently lift this Key West treasure out of the water.
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