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Mystery of the 'Ground Zero ship' solved

By T.K. Randall
August 3, 2014 · Comment icon 12 comments

The ship was found underneath the foundations. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Derek Rose
Experts have been trying to identify the origins of a ship found buried beneath the World Trade Center.
Discovered by workers in 2010, the remains of an old sailing ship found underneath the building's old foundations in New York prompted a great deal of interest and speculation at the time as attempts were made to determine what ship it was and how it came to be there.

Now tree ring scientists at Columbia University have been able to date the trees used in the boat's construction back to Philadelphia in 1773 by comparing them to other samples from the same region.
The ship is thought to be a Hudson River Sloop, a passenger and cargo vessel designed to operate in shallow water and that may have also spent time in the Caribbean.

"Key to the analysis was wood sampled from Philadelphia's Independence Hall two decades earlier by Lamont tree-ring scientist Ed Cook," the university stated in a news release.

"It turns out that growth rings still visible in the building's timbers matched those from the World Trade Center ship, suggesting that the wood used in both structures came from the same region."

Source: KTUU.com | Comments (12)




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Comment icon #3 Posted by aquatus1 10 years ago
They found...a building...built out of the same tree...from 200 years ago... I'm not sure "Good detective work" covers it!
Comment icon #4 Posted by calaf 10 years ago
Dendrochronology.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Maureen_jacobs 10 years ago
Ok, we know where it came from...but how did it get there?
Comment icon #6 Posted by stance 10 years ago
Ok, we know where it came from...but how did it get there? it's mentioned in wikipedia. "The western portion of the World Trade Center site was originally under the Hudson River, with the shoreline in the vicinity of Greenwich Street. It was on this shoreline close to the intersection of Greenwich and the former Dey Street that Dutch explorer Adriaen Block's ship, the Tyger, burned to the waterline in November 1613, stranding Block and his crew and forcing them to overwinter on the island. They built the first European settlement in Manhattan. The remains of the ship were buried under landfill... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker 10 years ago
I was going to also say that the entire East Coast has had major landfill done in urban areas. So the ship was likely wrecked in shallow water and then buried when the city spread over it. Go look at a map of Washington DC from 100 years ago and then at what it looks like today. The differences are huge.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hartmut 10 years ago
The 'Mystery' is a cover-up story cleverly conjured up by Unholy-Anti-Christian sources, probably the devilish Illuminati. The truth, and nothing but the truth, is - that it is not a Philadelphia sailing ship - but Noah's Arc ! :-)
Comment icon #9 Posted by SunnyBear 10 years ago
@stance,thanks for your comment..I had read about this a few days ago and thought it was REALLY weird..I thought "how could a ship be buried underneath the WTC?But that explanation and the fact that they dated the rings in the wood makes sense..I don't think there's any conspiracy here like some probably think there is..but some people will still believe that there is and that the "shadow GOV" or Illuminati or some group like that is covering up something..oh well...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Rafterman 10 years ago
Ok, we know where it came from...but how did it get there? That whole part of Manhattan used to be the Hudson river. It was filled in over the years as the city grew. There's all kinds of cool history that has been unearthed in the lower part of the city.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Maureen_jacobs 10 years ago
it's mentioned in wikipedia. "The western portion of the World Trade Center site was originally under the Hudson River, with the shoreline in the vicinity of Greenwich Street. It was on this shoreline close to the intersection of Greenwich and the former Dey Street that Dutch explorer Adriaen Block's ship, the Tyger, burned to the waterline in November 1613, stranding Block and his crew and forcing them to overwinter on the island. They built the first European settlement in Manhattan. The remains of the ship were buried under landfill when the shoreline was extended starting in 1797, and were... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Silent Trinity 10 years ago
Wow great find, historical gem in the most unlikely of places!


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