Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington had three remarkable ladies stop by earlier this week. The American Bombshells are a New York based group of singers who are ambassadors of America’s gratitude to our nation’s heroes. The American Bombshells have performed all over US, the world and on Fox and NBC. They are a delight to watch. Don’t take our word for it…see for yourself!
Never one to back down from a challenge, and especially one made by its sister company in Key West, Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah pulled up their bootstraps (or in their case, but on shorts) and let the water flow! Are we the only ones to notice that GM Charlie Brazil managed to avoid the getting wet and cold?
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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.