Old Ship Found Under Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) — The remains of an 18th-century wooden ship were discovered this week in New York City by excavators at the site of the new World Trade Center.

What first came to light Tuesday were a series of wooden timbers, The New York Times reported. By Wednesday, a 30-foot section of a vessel was clear.

“They were so perfectly contoured that they were clearly part of a ship,” said A. Michael Pappalardo, an archaeologist dealing with historical artifacts found during the construction.

Much of what is now lower Manhattan was once under water so ships turn up from time to time. The most recently discovered before this week was in 1982.

The area where an underground vehicle security center is being excavated was not disturbed during construction of the World Trade Center four decades ago. That means the new ship has been buried for two centuries.

Archaeologists scrambled to examine and document the find. They believe the ship was cut up and used as landfill.

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