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New Docks at The Dry Tortugas

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Lots going on at the Dry Tortugas. The installation of new finger docks began this week on Garden Key. A docking area for vessels making day trips to the Dry Tortugas is the intended use of these new piers. It will allow visitors on boats not traveling with a dingy to visit the beaches and explore Fort Jefferson on Garden Key. The expected completion date for the project is the end of May and they are to be in service shortly thereafter.
We typically see a greater number of center consoles in the 25’ to 35’ range transiting the Tortugas in the summer months when the wind and seas are calmer than winter. Visibility and water temperature are also ideal for snorkeling. A word of advice, bring an adequate supply of fuel for the 140 mile round trip.
If you are someone who doesn’t own a boat or perhaps you’d rather someone else do the driving then consider a day trip aboard the Yankee Freedom II.

Lunch aboard the Yankee Freedom II

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

In this edition of the Tortugas weekly blog I wanted to talk about our lunch service. We are frequently asked what we serve for the noontime meal, which is included in your ticket. Deli style sandwiches really hit the spot after a snorkel along the moat wall or trip to the top of Fort Jefferson with the guided tour. We have several different meats and cheeses along with potato salad (a crew favorite) and fresh fruit cut each morning by the galley crew underway. As you work your way through the buffet style lunch line don’t forget your chips and a cookie. If none of these choices work for you we have the old standby, peanut butter and jelly. Sodas and water are always complimentary with lunch.
Remember if you get hungry on the ride home we have candy bars and ice cream sandwiches, hot pretzels and burgers and hot dogs.

If your planning a trip to Fort Jefferson, the next few days seem pretty favorable in terms of weather, just a slight chance of showers and highs in the upper 80’s. The east wind that made for some bumpy rides back to Key West last week has settled down a bit and the water temperature is climbing towards 80 degrees. So put away your work shoes and pull out your sandals and join us for a great day out at the Tortugas

Yankee Freedom II ferries Sea Turtle for release at Ft Jefferson

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

“Salty” the Hawksbill Sea Turtle Released at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park

On Sunday, October 28, 2007 Salty, a three-year-old Hawksbill turtle, was released at the Dry Tortugas National Park aboard the Yankee Freedom II. In July a local fisherman, Ed Sanchez, encountered a Hawksbill Sea Turtle with it’s front flippers entangled in a braided fishing line near the Boca Cheeca Bridge. Mr. Sanchez brought the helpless three year old turtle, later named “Salty”, to The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida where it was determined that she sustained multiple injuries to the back of her shell and front flippers. (more…)


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