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The Most Valuable Cargo

January 5th, 2014 by Piper Smith

The types of cargo that wreckers salvaged varied greatly, but cotton was by far the most valuable bulk cargo. In fact, a bale of cotton could be worth 50 to 60 dollars in South Carolina! Taking cotton from wrecks was difficult business! Why? Because a waterlogged bale of cotton could weigh more than half a ton! Modern salvage operations have uncovered unusual cargo like fossils and locomotives.

These cotton bales were huge! Can you imagine trying to salvage them in rough water during a storm?

These cotton bales were huge! Can you imagine trying to salvage them in rough water during a storm?

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