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A sailing ship once considered worthless is now a valuable source of information about the past. 200 years ago the old wooden vessel was buried as part of a project to expand the island of Manhattan. When bulldozers exposed parts of the ship while excavating a parking garage for the future World Trade Center, work stopped to allow archeologists to examine the hidden treasure. Historians say the ship was probably weighted down and sunk to the bottom of the river to become a support for new city piers as growing commerce expanded lower Manhattan into the Hudson River during the 1700 and 1800s. They say the ship harbors many mysteries such as when and where was it built, and how was it used.

Historians believe the ship may have once sailed the Caribbean because they have found evidence of tunnels bored into the wood by marine organisms. Archeologist Molly McDonald was one of the people who first spotted the wooden vessel. Standing on the weathered planks, she said “It smells like low tide, this muck.” She added, “A ship is the summit of what you might find under the World Trade Center – it’s exciting!”

--Ship junked 200 years ago uncovered at WTC site, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jFMYeK6AVBXb8qfN0vOSzRflNcRwD9GVR0QO1 ; July 16, 2010. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Matthew 10:29-31 (HCSB) “Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. (30) But even the hairs of your head have all been counted. (31) Don’t be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

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