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World Trade Center Ship: Study Suggests Origin of Vessel Beneath Rubble

By    |   Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 08:34 PM

A wooden ship was found at the site of the World Trade Center during rebuilding in 2010, and scientists now believe they have a better idea of the origins of the vessel.

Four years ago, excavators working on the reconstruction project found the 32-foot-long skeleton of a wooden ship 22 feet underground and south of the where the Twin Towers had stood in Lower Manhattan.

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Now, a study says the rings in the ship's wood show the vessel was likely built in or around 1773 near Philadelphia, LiveScience reports, and may have been made from the same kind of white oak used in Philly's Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

“Our analyses suggest that all the oak timbers used to build the ship most likely originated from the same location within the Philadelphia region, which supports the hypothesis ... that the ship was the product of a small shipyard,” says the study, published this month in the journal Tree-Ring research.

“Few late-18th Century ships have been found and there is little historical documentation of how vessels of this period were constructed,” the study continues. “Therefore, the ship's construction date of 1773 is important in confirming that the hull encountered at the World Trade Center represents a rare and valuable piece of American shipbuilding history.”

It's unknown if the ship sank on its own in the Hudson River or was submerged intentionally as Manhattan expanded its land mass.

Dario Martin-Benito, the leader of the new study, explained that thicker and thinner ring patterns are produced by rain levels and temperatures as trees grow. He and fellow researchers were able to narrow their search for the ship's origin to the eastern U.S. because the keel of the ship contained hickory found only there and in eastern Asia.

"We could see that at that time in Philadelphia, there were still a lot of old-growth forests, and [they were] being logged for shipbuilding and building Independence Hall," Martin-Benito told LiveScience. "Philadelphia was one of the most — if not the most — important shipbuilding cities in the U.S. at the time. And they had plenty of wood so it made lots of sense that the wood could come from there."

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