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    Can ... you ... DIG ... it?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw9yEuwohkk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat235D View Post
    Yes in fact the other day i dug up a 2ft dia log about 15 ft long that was used as a water pipe, it had wooden taps too, they quicky had me load it onto a small truck and it was taken somewhere to be cleaned and carbon dated.
    Nice job Cat! Could it possibly be from my Dutch ancestors?
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    Cat 23D - can you add any color to this piece today?
    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20...T.mc_ev=clicka

    18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site


    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.)
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    I'd like to hear from Cat235D too, but in the mean time you can read more about it here.

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    Yeah, that sounds pretty cool.

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    We also dug up a small wine barrel, and half an anchor. They are going to try and lift out a small portion of the boat that looks strong enough, the rest is very rotten.

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    The history you guys are digging up is amazing. *thumbs up*

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    Presumably the ship sank here back in the day. Amazing to think how deep the water was in this spot at that point in history.

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    They used to use just about anything for landfill. They found an old ship in San Fransisco one time when they were digging the foundation for a new building.

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    The Viele topographical map of Manhattan from 1865 (Zoomable Version HERE) shows the shoreline back before landfill expanded the size of the island.

    This shot of a portion of the map shows the area, with brown being landfill and green the original island. Cedar Street is just to the left of Liberty Street; the three N <> S streets at the top of the map are (from bottom) Greenwich, Washington & West. The WTC site is outlined in green, the VSC is outlined in blue - approximate site of the ship hull is in red, in an area that was quite a distance from the original shoreline, which had something of a drop-off from land to river's edge along there ...

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    Location! Location! Location!

    Landfill. Landfill. Landfill.

    No need for bridges and tunnels on the Hudson. Fill in the ditch and divert all water vessels to the East River.

    We might even finally get a subway to Richmond County.

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    very cool map./. so it looks like Greenwich street was in fact the shore line at the earliest point

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    Quote Originally Posted by BiggieSmalls View Post
    very cool map./. so it looks like Greenwich street was in fact the shore line at the earliest point
    Yes, and Pearl street used to be at the eastern shore line of lower Manhattan.
    Wiki:
    Pearl Street is a street in the Lower section of the New York City borough of Manhattan, running northeast from Battery Park to the Brooklyn Bridge, then turning west and terminating at Centre Street. Pearl Street generally marks the original eastern shoreline of the lower part of Manhattan Island; extensive use of landfill over the course of several hundred years has extended the shoreline roughly 700-900 feet further into the East River.
    The name Pearl Street is an English translation of the Dutch Parelstraat (written as Paerlstraet around 1660). This street along the eastern shore of New Amsterdam was named for the many oysters found in the river.
    Thomas Edison's first power plant, Pearl Street Station, was located here. The IRT Third Avenue elevated railway also ran above Pearl Street until 1950. New York Telephone put up a large administrative building at 375 Pearl on the north side of the Street, east of the Brooklyn Bridge, in the 1970s.

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    An interactive map comparing the topography of Manhattan in 1609 to that of today:

    The Mannahatta Project

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    ^ Wow that is great!

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