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Old 05-08-2011, 14:11   #1
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An Update on the Ship Discovered at Ground Zero

It can now be said that the vessel was about 50 feet long. Thirty-two feet of the stern were exposed last year, 10 to 15 feet amidships were lost long ago and three to six feet of the stem were exposed on Friday. The remnants were left in place over the weekend so that Dr. Riess could inspect them. They were then taken to the AKRF office at 440 Park Avenue South to be readied for shipment to the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation at Texas A&M University.

A dendrochronological examination of wood samples by Columbia University has already disclosed that the trees almost certainly grew in the Philadelphia area and were cut down no later than the 1770s.


The World Trade Center Ship, From Stern to Stem - NYTimes.com
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Re: An Update on the Ship Discovered at Ground Zero

Sounds interesting.

Don't know if it's my slow connection or not, bur link isn't working for me..
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This is quite interesting! I had no idea that the Hudson once flowed there.
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Guess my connection got better.

That's a really interesting story, hope to here more..
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Being involved in this type of research around here, has led me to believe, as strange as it sounds, that these old ships were sometimes disposed of unceremoniously, like we do with cars today.
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Some photos from when it was originally excavated

Historic 18th century wooden ship unearthed at new World Trade Centre site | Mail Online
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Judging by the variety of loose items found, I'd say sailors have suffered from things falling into the bilges, for a long time.
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I'm just waiting for the inevitable newbie...

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Re: An Update on the Ship Discovered at Ground Zero

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Being involved in this type of research around here, has led me to believe, as strange as it sounds, that these old ships were sometimes disposed of unceremoniously, like we do with cars today.
I remember when the story first came out. They were discussing the fact that many boats were cut up and used as land fill etc. At the time they didn't realise just how old this ship is.
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This is known to be quite common. Here in Bermuda, at least 2 have been examined in the fill behind the enlarged area of the seawalls at the Royal Navy Dockyard.
Bermuda built ships, constructed of Bermuda Cedar, Juniperus Bermudiana, were popular with the Royal Navy because of the woods inherent resistance to teredo worms.
Two famous Bermuda built sloops, one the Pickle, carried word of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar, back to London. The other, can't remember the name, was the ship on which Francis Scott Keyes was being held, from which he saw "the rocket's red glare".
Fascinating stuff.
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It's a bit ironic that now we build replicas of ships once used for landfill!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Pickle_(1800)
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