MUSEUM SHIP INGHAM RETURNS TO KEY WEST AFTER REPAIRS

Ship will reopen for tours and sunset happy hours later in January

The historic U.S. Coast Guard Cutter INGHAM is back at Key West's Truman Waterfront on Jan. 1, 2022. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

The historic U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham returned to its berth at Key West’s Truman Waterfront after a trip to Tampa Ship boatyard for $650,000 of maintenance and repairs to the underwater portion of the hull.

Topside repairs will be done while the boat is at the berth. Tugboats escorted the most decorated Coast Guard ship in history to the boatyard and returned her to Key West on Dec. 30.

The ship will reopen for its popular tours and weekend happy hours in about two weeks, said its owner and director Bill Verge. 

The INGHAM will reopen for weekend sunset happy hours at Key West’s Truman Waterfront later in January. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.