Monday, July 26, 2010

Was the Newly-Discovered NYC Ship Used to Transport Slaves?

This is an interesting account of a ship found at the base of the World Trade Center site in New York. Even more interesting is that this is not an anomaly. All of this area was filled in over the centuries. And part of the fill was old ships and shipwrecks. There is a world of information hidden here. And as the author says; "Ships were commerce, so there are ownership and insurance records, many still buried in archives in Holland and England. "

By Pearl Duncan

The author is completing a book about the variety of her ancestors’ DNA, ancestry and genealogy, and how each intersected with dramatic historical events.

People are willing to rewrite the story of the Wall Street-World Trade Center area in New York without knowing its history from a few centuries or even a few decades ago. But historical artifacts remind us where we’ve been.

The remains of a 32-foot section of a wooden ship, estimated to be about a third to a half of the hull, was discovered at the base of the World Trade Center site in New York. Archaeologists and scientists are collecting, testing and dating the wood of the ship’s hull. They are also testing a semicircular piece of metal arc, possibly part of the cooking galley, a shoe, spikes, anchor and other materials to identify the ship’ origins and use. They estimate that the ship dates back to the eighteenth century. They have determined that it was a cargo ship, from the size and shape of the hull. They have surmised that it was a sea-going vessel, since the layers of wooden planks are reinforced by layers of large, strong timbers. They figure from how it is situated in muddy ground that was once watery shore, and from maps of the harbor, that it was placed in the site as part the landfill that expanded the Lower Manhattan neighborhood in the late 1700s.

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