Skip to comments.Origins of Mysterious World Trade Center Ship Revealed
Posted on 07/29/2014 5:49:18 AM PDT by the scotsman
'In July 2010, amid the gargantuan rebuilding effort at the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, construction workers halted the backhoes when they uncovered something unexpected just south of where the Twin Towers once stood.
At 22 feet (6.7 meters) below today's street level, in a pit that would become an underground security and parking complex, excavators found the mangled skeleton of a long-forgotten wooden ship.
Now, a new report finds that tree rings in those waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia. What's more, the ship was perhaps made from the same kind of white oak trees used to build parts of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed, according to the study published this month in the journal Tree-Ring Research.'
(Excerpt) Read more at uk.news.yahoo.com ...
If it was built around 1773, and went down around 20-30 years later, then it could have been in NYC at the time the federal govt was based there, with Washington as prez, in 1789. It was a tiny city back then, perhaps some artifacts can be linked to the first POTUS...
Now that’s cool.
Love the tree ring forensics ...
He needs to learn more about shipbuilding and maritime commerce in the age of sail. A very few ships lasted as long as twenty years. Those that were built quickly, with green wood, had the shortest life spans. Merchant ships were much shorter lived than naval vessels because they used cheaper materials, spent less building a tight ship, and did less maintenance than did the navy. A merchant ship was expected to recoup the investment of purchase within three to five years. Many did not last that long.
Are liberals going to build a gift shop for that as well?
Are liberals going to build a gift shop for that as well?Not before they use the tree rings to prove man made global warming ERRRR I mean "climate change".
Now, a new report finds that tree rings in those waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia. What's more, the ship was perhaps made from the same kind of white oak trees used to build parts of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed...
Proud to be in before the idiots arrive and add "junkscience" to the keywords because this dating and sourcing was made possible by radiocarbon dating and dendrochronology.
Thanks for the ping! That was pretty interesting!
Interestingly, a Dutch ship sinking just about there is what lead to the founding of New Amsterdam when the crew was forced to winter over.
lol love the visualization of the graph!
Fascinating. Thanks for posting.
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