Old ship under World Trade Center site

Interesting. And I didn’t know they did landfill projects so long ago!

Researchers said this week that a vessel unearthed four years ago at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan was made from wood cut around the year 1773—two years before the start of the war and three years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, writing in the July issue of the journal Tree Ring Research, said the white oak in the ship’s frame came from a Philadelphia-area forest and matched the material used to build the city’s Independence Hall.

They said they tentatively identified it as a Dutch-designed, Philadelphia-built sloop made to carry passengers and cargo over shallow, rocky water.

They said it sailed for 20 to 30 years before being weighed down and sunk to the bottom of the Hudson River as landfill to extend lower Manhattan.

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45 years ago today – one small step!

I get a chill just reading about this. I remember exactly where I was that day too. In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on a ocean liner from Haifa to New York, so we couldn’t watch it on TV! But the ship sounded its whistle, and there was a party on board that night.


At the Shitamachi Museum in Ueno Park

Yesterday at the Shitamachi Museum in Ueno Park. The characters for “Cafe Shitamachi” are written right to left, an old style no longer used.

Funny note: At the counter it said “Free English Guide.” I thought it meant a written guide, but an elderly guy appeared out of the blue, started speaking so-so English and showing my friend and me around. 🙂