18th-Century Ship Found at World Trade Center Site

This is the part where my history nerd part comes out and is quite interested in the find that they made while digging for the new construction on the World Trade Center site.  It is interesting to me and a bit amusing that they used a wooden ship to use as land fill to extend Manhattan island.  Then again my area of history study was never much on the manhattan land fills….  Here is info on what they discovered below.

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.

via 18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com.

The one question I had when I first heard about this story is why did they not find this when they excavated it in the 70’s for the original building.  Apparently, according to the article this part of the site had not been dug out for the original building and site.  So the boat had been lying under ground and was waiting to be found for likely more than 200 years.

Another article on the find with video at BBC News

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