18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com

In the middle of tomorrow, a great ribbed ghost has emerged from a distant yesterday.

On Tuesday morning, workers excavating the site of the underground vehicle security center for the future World Trade Center hit a row of sturdy, upright wood timbers, regularly spaced, sticking out of a briny gray muck flecked with oyster shells.

Obviously, these were more than just remnants of the wooden cribbing used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to extend the shoreline of Manhattan Island ever farther into the Hudson River. Lower Manhattan real estate was a precious commodity even then.

via 18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com.

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