Contact Us

400 Year Old Ship Found at World Trade Center Site

Archaeologists at the World Trade Center site have discovered a nearly 400 year old ship buried underneath the WTC complex.  The ship was most likely deemed un-seaworthy and sunk intentionally in the early American colonists efforts to “build up” the islands shore line. Almost the entire WTC complex was once under the Hudson River.

The discovery was actually made last July, but was reported yesterday by Fox News in an article that also explained how Manhattan Island’s southern tip was “built up” out into deeper waters, making it an ideal port for large ships and eventually it became the most important port in the world.

The land was filled in little by little, creating all but a sliver of the original 16-acre World Trade Center site. Both of the Twin Tower footprints would be underwater if the shoreline still looked like it did when Manhattan was discovered in 1609.

This article from archaeology.org gives further details on the history of Manhattan Island.

Here is a map of Manhattan Island in 1660.. compare to the picture below of a map from 1874.

A Colonial Map of Lower Manhattan. (Library of Congress).

The above photo, from the Library of Congress, shows the lower tip of Manhattan as it was in 1874. By this time, early Americans had already began “building up” the shoreline around the southern tip of the island, eventually extending the island out into deeper waters.


View Larger Map

This Google map of modern day lower Manhattan shows the World Trade Center footprints. Most of this area was once under water.

More From Kicker

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kkyr.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Kicker 102.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on Kicker 102.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!