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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Former Senator George McGovern dies, aged 90 – U.S. News

This was not unexpected, but still it was sad to hear.

I was a volunteer on the McGovern campaign at the main New York headquarters when I was 15. I was sort of a paid volunteer who received subway tokens and a bit of food money so I could afford to come in every day.

I helped run the campaign shop at the front on the main floor for a while. We had buttons of every kind imaginable: Movie Moguls for McGovern, Catholics for McGovern, Housewives for McGovern… you name it. I think I counted over 300 different kinds at one time.

I also helped with literature tables around Manhattan and once helped host an auction fund raiser and Shirley Maclaine showed up!

I didn’t really understand all the politics of the time, and there really wasn’t much talk of the Watergate break-in during the campaign. All I knew was that just about everybody around me was voting for McGovern (and he won the city, even though he didn’t win the state) and I was disappointed and naively surprised when he lost.

I remember convincing my aunt, who was a Nixon supporter, to vote for him over the Vietnam war. There are other bits and pieces of memories from that time: people in the campaign headquarters saying nasty things about Humphrey, the smell of the headquarters very early in the morning when it first opened, somebody giving me a new candy bar called “KitKat” to try, running mimeograph machines, helping out on the switchboard (what a contraption!), leaving in the morning and coming home late every night and feeling independent for the first time, some sort of videotape (U-matic?) playing “There’s a new world coming…” in the display window…

I don’t have my McGovern buttons any more, and I lost touch with everybody I worked with at the campaign. But it was a very special time in my life, and so I’m feeling especially nostalgic about it this evening.