David W. Dunlap, New York Times
After a short, hard life on the water — a brutal one, perhaps, transporting slaves or fighting off pirates — the shallow, broad-beamed, 45-foot sloop docked in Lower Manhattan one day in the late 1700s. And stayed there for two more centuries.
Now, the remnants of what is called the “World Trade Center Ship,” because that is where it was excavated five years ago, are destined for a permanent new berth: Albany.
“Albany was a central part of the entire maritime culture of colonial and post-colonial America,” said David Emil, the president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is financing the conservation, transportation, documentation and eventual installation of the ship, at the New York State Museum.
“It is totally appropriate to have the ship in a museum in Albany,” Mr. Emil said this week. The Hudson River was a central commercial artery and Albany was a key way station between New York City and the interior United States, especially after the Erie Canal was built. Read More