Ingham Coast Guard Museum Key West
With over 50 years of military service, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham offers visitors a wonderful portrait of Coast Guard history. This was the only Cutter to receive two Presidential Unit Citations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. The National Memorial honors the 912 Coast Guardsmen killed in action during World War II and Vietnam War. This floating maritime museum is open to the public, Monday through Saturday.
Address: Truman Waterfront, at the foot of Southard Street
Phone: (305) 292-5027
Adult tickets: $10.00
Child tickets: $6.00 (ages 12 to 17)
Hours: The Museum is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Saturday
Directions: The ship is located approximately 10 blocks away from the Tour Bus Stop in Mallory Square.
The Ingham Museum highlights:
- National Memorial to Guardians Killed in Action In World War II and Vietnam.
- The ship was commissioned on September 12, 1936.
- The 327-foot cutters were designed to meet changing missions of the service as it emerged from the Prohibition era.
- During the mid-1930s, narcotics smuggling, mostly opium, was on the increase, and long-legged, fairly fast cutters were needed to curtail it.
- The ship was decommissioned on May 12, 1988.
- Tours of the ship are available Monday to Saturday.