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.