Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ship from 1700s found at WTC site

From the NY Times:

On Tuesday morning, workers excavating the site of the underground vehicle security center for the future World Trade Center hit a row of sturdy, upright wood timbers, regularly spaced, sticking out of a briny gray muck flecked with oyster shells.

Obviously, these were more than just remnants of the wooden cribbing used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to extend the shoreline of Manhattan Island ever farther into the Hudson River. (Lower Manhattan real estate was a precious commodity even then.)

“They were so perfectly contoured that they were clearly part of a ship,” said A. Michael Pappalardo, an archaeologist with the firm AKRF, which is working for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to document historical material uncovered during construction.

By Wednesday, the outlines made it plain: a 30-foot length of a wood-hulled vessel had been discovered about 20 to 30 feet below street level on the World Trade Center site, the first such large-scale archaeological find along the Manhattan waterfront since 1982, when an 18th-century cargo ship came to light at 175 Water Street.

The area under excavation, between Liberty and Cedar Streets, had not been dug out for the original trade center. The vessel, presumably dating from the mid- to late 1700s, was evidently undisturbed more than 200 years.


Gary the Agnostic said...

How did it get there? Was this a ship that had sunk and was buried over was the shoreline was extended outward?

Anonymous said...

That one photo looks like the number of archeologists that have set foot in Queens in the past 50 years.

cherokeesista said...

This land I believe has always been Sacred land:) It's a sign :) NO MOSQUE ON SACRED AMERICAN SOIL:)

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to bury a pig on the proposed mosque site. Then let's see if they build their mosque. Better yet, bury Bloomburg there. Same thing!