Life’s a wreck, and then you find one. That was the motto of salvagers in times when wind power wasn’t enough to keep sailing vessels upright in a storm. “Wreckers” profited from others’ misfortunes; when a sailing ship ran up on one of the numerous area reefs or was driven ashore by storms, they salvaged the cargoes and sold them. This industry made Key West the richest city in Florida until advancements in marine power and navigation made shipwrecks less common. Climb the 65-foot observation tower and pretend you’ve spotted a merchant vessel offshore laden with goodies. If you hope the hull breaks open on a reef or it gets pushed ashore by a gale, you’re a wrecker at heart. There are lots of cool artifacts and exhibits, as well as a nice presentation on how the salvaging industry worked.
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