TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill naming a 73-year-old schooner the state's official flagship.

The 130-foot Schooner Western Union is based in Key West where it's being turned into a floating museum.

Construction of the yellow pine and mahogany ship began in Grand Cayman, but it was completed in Key West in 1939.

It served as a cable vessel for the Western Union Telegraph Co. for three decades. It later was put to work as a charter boat. The bill was passed unanimously Friday. It takes effect July 1.