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Secrets of WTC Shipwreck Sleuthed Out

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« on: September 11, 2011, 01:10:41 am »

One image (right) shows part of the Roman numeral II, a draft mark carved into the lower stem indicating the point where the vessel was two feet from the bottom of the keel. With light loads this mark would likely hover just at the water line indicating to the crew that they would run aground if they traveled through water that was less than two feet deep, an event they likely did often.

BIG PIC:1830-Era Shipwreck Found in Lake Michigan

If the hull was part of the original vessel and not part of a refurbishment, the tree ring data point to a launch date for this shallow-sailing sloop that was sometime after the 1773 winter's Tea Party in Boston, and likely before the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in the vessel's hometown. This is a boat that sailed during the American Revolution with a crew that traded up and down the Hudson River goods, such as leather shoes, they had collected during several long bouts spent in the Caribbean. But the crew were a bit lousy (but, really, who wasn't back then?) and, in its own way, so was the boat, having picked up tiny wood-boring Teredinidae mollusks, "the termites of the sea." But as Kevin Eckelbarger of the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center, who identified the shell morphology in the bored-out timbers, told Scientific American, "They are really aggressive. They make termites look like amateurs."
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