18th-Century Ship Exhumed at World Trade Center Site

Earlier this week, workers excavating the site of the future World Trade Center unearthed an ancient wooden plank. Then another. Then an entire row, comprising what remains of a 30-foot long wood-hulled vessel, over 200 years old.

It's the biggest find of its kind since 1982, when an 18th-century cargo ship was discovered on Water Street. According to the NY Times, this new boat measures a full 30 feet long, and had been at rest 20 to 30 feet below the surface.

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The excavation site—which is near, but not on the same ground as the original WTC—is apparently close to where Lindsey's Wharf and and Lake's Wharf used to be. They're currently trying to take as many measurements as they can before sun exposure degrades the remains inexorably. And while it doesn't appear to be the dubloon-carrying kind, it couldn't hurt to warm up those metal detectors. [NY Times, Images courtesy of Port Authority via Gothamist]