World Trade Center Workers Unearth 200-Year-Old Ship

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Workers and members of the media inspect the hull of a late 18th or early 19th century ship found at the World Trade Center site Workers and members of the media inspect the hull of a late 18th or early 19th century ship found at the World Trade Center site (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Excavation at the World Trade Center site has unearthed a massive relic from New York's past -- a 32-foot hull of a 200-year-old ship.

Archaeologist Elizabeth Meade, who works for AKRF, a firm hired to examine the artifacts, says the area where the ship was found was filled in between the 1790s and the 1830s.

"We figure the ship probably pre-dates that and was used as part of the landfilling process," Meade says. "It's the kind of thing archeologists are always hoping to find in landfill deposits."

Her colleague, Molly McDonald, says it was fairly common to sink old ships in order to make more waterfront land available.

"But only a handful of these ships have been found so far, so its really quite rare, and it's just exciting to find it here at the World Trade Center site," McDonald says.
Molly McDonald says it was fairly common to sink old ships as part of making more waterfront land.

A 100-pound anchor was also found a few yards from the ship's hull, but the archaeologists aren't sure if it belongs to the ship.

The archaeologists are clearing the artifacts by hand, but once the delicate wood is exposed to air it begins to rapidly deteriorate, so they are quickly recording and analyzing the find.



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Comments [4]

Gintaras Kavarskas

due to the ship found at the World Trade Center

July 15th, 2010 (in reference to the document)
July 21st, 2010

Dear Director,

Congratulations on a particularly valuable finding to enrich the eighteen-century history of the United States of America!

In my opinion, all the wooden parts of the ship, along with metal and art items, are of great importance. Thus, they along with the all found antiques are necessary to store not only digitally and on disks, but also in suitable museums. May I suggest saving some parts of the ship in two different museums? For example, The Long Island Maritime Museum and The American Merchant Marine Museum Kings
Point, New York, are two very good museums for history about ships.

Yours sincerely,
Gintaras Kavarskas,
English teacher and American writer

Jul. 21 2010 06:02 AM
E. Donovan from New Jersey

What a find!!!! Not far from MCALLISTER Towing founded in 1862...BUT before that ,the McAllisters sailed and maneuvered many ships in NY harbor.Contact them at 212-Bo.9-3200 to get experts in their history over there...Wonderful news!!!!!

Jul. 17 2010 05:29 PM
Edward Dever

Exciting stuff. Hope you will follow the archeological story as it develops.

Jul. 16 2010 02:07 PM

if the team was so serious about the find why are the standing on the very timbers of the relic ???

Jul. 15 2010 08:24 PM

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