Remains of 18th Century Ship Found on WTC Site

The site of the future World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City was back in the news this week when workers Tuesday stumbled upon the hull of an 18th century ship.   Here’s another link with a lot of pictures from Reuters.

Found during an excavation for an underground vehicle security center, the thirty-foot vessel was probably buried with other fill in the 19th century in order to extend the Manhattan shoreline into the Hudson. 

As soon as archaeologists learned of the discovery, they hurried to the WTC location knowing the ancient timbers, now exposed to air, would rapidly deteriorate.

Of course, most times shipwrecks are not found on dry land but rather underwater, and if you’re interested in underwater archaeology Greensboro Public Library may have a book or two for you.  Try some of these recent titles:  Shipwrecks:  Exploring Sunken Cities Beneath the Sea by Mary M. Cerullo (juvenile); The Incredible Quest to Find the Titanic by Brad Matsen (juvenile); The H.L. Hunley:  The Secret Hope of the Confederacy by Tom Chaffin; Raising the Hunley:  The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine by Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf; Titanic:  The Last Great Images by Robert Ballard with Ian Coutts; Treasure Hunt:  Shipwreck, Diving, and the Quest for Treasure in An Age of Heroes by Peter Earle; Shipwreck by Richard Platt; and Treasure Ship:  The Legend and Legacy of the S.S. Brother Jonathan by Dennis M. Powers.

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