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21 Bucket Salute!

August 28th, 2014

On Friday, August 8, 2014 sixty cast members and friends toured the Ingham and all said they wanted to return to spend more time onboard.  Andy Kirby, Cruise Ship Liaison Sales Manager for Historic Tours of America, had been called out for the ALS Challenge.  What better place to hold this event than in front of the Coast Guard Cutter Ingham.   Everyone fought over who would get to participate in the “21 bucket salute”.  Those lucky people who were chosen had the privilege of dumping a bucket of ice water over Andy’s head.  He handled it like a “Rock Star”.  It was a fun ending to what started out as a wonderful tour on the Ingham.

Andy Kirby being dumped with ice water during the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Andy Kirby being dumped with ice water during the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Capital

August 28th, 2014

Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington is not a company to turn away from a challenge, so when Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West challenged us to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, not only did we embrace it, we brought in the big guns. Our President Edwin Swift, III and COO, Edwin Swift, IV came up to DC and got doused with the rest of us!

Mrs. International 2014

July 25th, 2014

Mrs. International contestants enjoying a tour of St. Augustine

Mrs. International contestants enjoying a tour of St. Augustine

We had the good fortune of showing America’s Oldest City to over 60 of the worlds most beautiful married women. The Mrs. International Pageant is taking place on July 25 and 26 in Jacksonville and these busy ladies headed south for some fun aboard Old Town Trolley Tours. The contestants come from the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The Mrs. International pageant began in 1987 to promote married women’s commitment to the marriage and family, their accomplishments in the home and community and to open doors for married women around the world. The pageant is open to married women ages 21- 56.

The Purpose of the Schooner Western Union

June 17th, 2014

Did you know that the Schooner Western Union was built to maintain the communication between Floridian cities, the Caribbean islands, and South America? She was launched in 1939 by Herbert Arch of Thompson Enterprises. She was constructed with a hull of Cayman mahogany and planking of Longleaf yellow pine from Florida. She ended up being leased to the Western Union Telegraph Company and was used to maintain signal cables between Key West and Cuba from 1939 to 1974! She sure served a long time!

The Schooner Western Union!

The Schooner Western Union!

Help Protect Our Reefs!

June 7th, 2014

The coral reefs here in Key West give so very much to residents and tourists alike! We are provided with an abundance of fish and other marine life as food sources. We also get to observe coral reefs firsthand through glass bottom boats, snorkeling, and scuba diving. But our activities of fun and play can greatly damage marine life around our coastline, especially our coral reefs. So when you’re enjoying the beauty of the world and our beloved Key West around you, remember to be careful… don’t touch the reefs because the oil from human hands can greatly damage them and be mindful of your flippers! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts… as does the ocean!

We hold the world in the palm of our hands by our actions! Act with consideration to our home!

We hold the world in the palm of our hands by our actions! Act with consideration to our home!

Coral Reefs: Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

May 27th, 2014

No, coral reefs aren’t really made from sugar, spice, and everything nice. In fact, they’re made from the calcium carbonate that is secreted by corals, which are marine invertebrates. Coral reefs are actually just made up of tons of tiny animals and live off of very few nutrients. Most coral reefs are composed of stony corals, which consist of polyp clusters, which are in the same group of animals as sea anemones and even jellyfish. So basically, coral reefs are comprised of exoskeletons!

Breathtaking, isn't it?

Breathtaking, isn’t it?


The Conch Shell in Hinduism

May 15th, 2014

The conch shell is often used as an important tool in Hindu rituals. It is a ceremonial trumpet used in many of their religious practices; it is sounded during the religious ceremonies along with traditional bells and singing. In ancient India, the warriors would blow into the shell to announce battle. One of the Hindu gods, Vishnu holds a conch that represents life, since it comes from water. They also believe that the conch’s sound drives away evil spirits.


The Conch shell being used in Hindu religious ceremonies.

The Conch shell being used in Hindu religious ceremonies.

Want to Make a Horn?

May 8th, 2014

Did you know that conch shells can be used as wind instruments? You can turn conchs into blowing horns and even trumpets. All you have to do is cut a hole in the shell’s spire, which is near the apex of the shell. The next part is simple! Just blow into the shell as if it were a horn or trumpet. The best kinds of conchs to do this with are Triton’s Trumpet and the Queen Conch.


Some native peoples would use them ceremoniously.

Some native peoples would use them ceremoniously.

Weddings Southern Style

May 2nd, 2014

Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannh recently participated in a very special wedding with NotWedding Savannah to showcase their wedding transportation services.  And we think you will agree this was quite and affair! Let Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah help make your special day unforgettable!

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Conchs Can Produce Pearls!

April 30th, 2014

Yes! Conchs have been known to produce pearls! Mostly, conch pearls have been found within the queen conch, the S. Gigas, and they’ve even been treasured and coveted since Victorian times. But they aren’t like normal pearls, they have a different color and composition than the classic white or cream pearl that we know so well. Usually, you can find queen conch pearls in colors like white, brown, and even orange. But the most common color is pink!


A pearl from a queen conch! Isn't it beautiful?

A pearl from a queen conch! Isn’t it beautiful?