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Researchers: World Trade Center ship dates to 1773



NEW YORK (AP) - Researchers say a ship unearthed at the site of New York's World Trade Center predates American independence.

Columbia University scientists say they've determined wood used in the ship's frame came from a Philadelphia-area forest in 1773 - two years before the start of the Revolutionary War and three before the Declaration of Independence.

Researchers say they've tentatively identified the ship as a Philadelphia-built sloop, a ship designed by the Dutch to carry passengers and cargo over shallow, rocky water.

After sailing for two or three decades, pieces of the ship were used as landfill to extend lower Manhattan.

A 32-foot piece of the vessel was found four years ago about 20 feet under a street during construction of the new One World Trade Center. The research was published in July.

Where Did The World Trade Center Shipwreck Come From?

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cqdeed July 30 2014 at 10:50 PM

Love that first picture. One person appears to be working. One person appears to be closely supervising. Eight people standing around talking. I bet all of them are drawing a paycheck. I wonder why things are so expensive these days.

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nek467vt July 31 2014 at 5:41 AM

AMAZING!!! They can determine where the wood came from, and the year, but no one can determine where our President was actually born.

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daglaashoppa July 31 2014 at 12:17 AM

The Big "O" would say "We owe this great discovery to the Brotherhood that took down that eyesore that was covering up such an important historical relic."

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tomidesmar July 30 2014 at 9:34 PM

In the 1600's when the Dutch settled New York ( New Amsterdam) Manhattan was a swamp

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Joi July 31 2014 at 5:07 AM

Eh, perhaps they are the very talented "Researchers" that are examining the wood from this Ship. Some standing, talking nearby as two more get their chance to "look" at them. Ever think of that? All can't stand near the pieces at one time for it may disturb the "Goods", so to speak. "Too many hand's in the Pie" deal, get it? To find out what era in time this ship was here, caution must be used so yes, they hopefully get paid well for their labor as they aren't building a road but even then, many that stand around leaning on a shovel handle have to wait as each phase is done. You know nothing of what you speak. Finding this old Ship is like it was/is when the Pyramid's and other Digs were investigated and this is important as it's called "History". Have you stood only a few inches in front of the Burial Mask of King Tut? The one that's almost solid Gold? I did when it was at the Smithsonian in D.C. Caution is used on great Relics, you need to visit a Museum and learn. Got it now?

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tnana23boys July 31 2014 at 9:18 AM

this comment is directed at AOL moderators, Do you let every troll with a hateful comment about our president post whatever they want without moderation? Come on, this is why people are leaving you site in record numbers.

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Owen July 31 2014 at 6:30 AM

was jimmy hoffa on board??

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Steve Clark Owen July 31 2014 at 9:01 AM

I don't know ask Elvis.

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Michael Corn July 31 2014 at 1:00 AM

So HP, this is a really old story

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boller123 July 31 2014 at 8:57 AM

Yaaaawn; NYC is still a garbage dump.

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savannahswithgod boller123 July 31 2014 at 9:05 AM

I thought it was the stuff of Nightmares? Oh wait I'm watching Lettermann again in my sleep!

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MarionVP July 31 2014 at 12:33 PM

What a great fine, LOVE HISTORY!!!

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