Friday, July 16, 2010

Ships and disaster.

After the World Trade Centre was destroyed by terrorists (I don't believe that 'inside job' conspiracy), a ship was made out of the steel that was recovered. The USS New York is a battleship, which seems appropriate.

What is really spooky about this is that while the excavations are underway for new building at the site of the World Trade Centre, they uncovered the remains of... a ship. Part of a ship, anyway, from the 1700's and most probably used as landfill to extend Manhattan's land area.

So the building that became a ship was always standing on top of a ship. Funny how things tend to go in circles, isn't it?

The one worry in all this is that if they are digging foundations in a place where a very tall building stood and they've found something they haven't seen before... were the previous foundations really deep enough?


Regina Richards said...

It is a little disconcerting to know a building of that size was standing on a ship. Makes me think of the the infamous Money Pit on Oak Island, Canada. What else is there and how deep does it go?

Romulus Crowe said...

That was my first thought. Those foundations can't have been deep enough first time.

Southern Writer said...

You know more about this than I do, and this is my country. They need to keep digging and see what else is down there.

You give us way too many great links. I always click on them and end up reading several other things besides. Like those mummies, for instance. I'd love to know more about them.

Romulus Crowe said...

Ships are flavour of the month. There have been a few new sailing-ship wrecks discovered recently, one even had drinkable champagne in the hold.

What amuses me, though, is to imagine what future archaeologists will think when they unearth this rock.

That's going to cause some head-scratching!

regina richards said...

LOL. You know how moderns are always assigning religious significance to every find? Wonder if futures will do the same and if so what they'll make of this. "Shitterton - diety of ...

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