The Key

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One of the more interesting navigation stories is the legendary “Impossible Virgin Island” reputedly hidden in plain sight in the midst of the Florida keys. Supposedly, this was a source of fresh water for the pirates that once laired in this area.

It is true that no one had ever identified this island, though there have been many boats sunk by unexpected encounters with the numerous reefs and shoals in the area. There was no safe way to approach the island by boat.

I think it was somebody in NASA, using satellite photographs, that located a previously unknown key with a source of fresh water, and there is a suggestion that this is indeed the island.

My reaction to this news was simple, “Well isle, be among keys, sunk all.”

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