Ralph De Palma Photographer | Haul Out April 2009
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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