World Trade Center Ship Project Update


MAC Lab conservation staff, AKRF archaeologists, and various New York agencies continue to explore different options for the treatment of the 18th-century wooden ship found at the World Trade Center construction site. In the meantime, the timbers of the ship are being stabilized with a corrosion inhibitor to stop any further rusting of metal (like nails, bolts, and rudder components) that are attached to the timbers. Also, biocide has been added to the water tanks where the wood is held to control algae, bacteria, and those pesky breeding mosquitoes (to the relief of ALL Lab staff)!


Planking from the WTC


Close up of planking

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MAC Lab Conservator to Speak in NYC


Tomorrow evening, September 30th, three experts are scheduled to speak about the World Trade Center ship project at the New York Academy of Sciences’ program entitled “An Historic Hull on Hallowed Ground” presented by The Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center. Archaeologist Michael Pappalardo, former maritime historian Norman Brouwer, and (our very own) head conservator Nichole Doub, will discuss various aspects of the newly discovered ship. Nichole will explain how she and the conservators at the MAC Lab stabilized the ship’s remains and she’ll also discuss options for its preservation.


Heeeeere’s Nichole!

*Want to know more? Click on The New York Academy of Sciences webpage.

World Trade Center Ship – Cleaning Has Begun


Cleaning the enormous amount of wood from the late 18th- or early 19th-century ship discovered at the site of the World Trade Center has begun and the whole staff of the MAC Lab has taken on the challenge. All of our conservators, curators, and archaeologists are taking part in cleaning the mud and debris (and there’s LOTS of it) from the ship’s timbers. Cleaning is being done so that AKRF archaeologists can better analyze the ship parts. The goal is to learn as much as possible about the way the ship was built, what it was used for, where it may have traveled, and any (and all) other interesting information the remains of the ship can provide!


All hands on deck for cleaning

The World Trade Center, MAC Lab Staff, and That Ship You’ve Heard About


Have you been following the news stories about the buried remains of a ship discovered by AKRF archaeologists in New York City? A late 18th- or early 19th-century wooden ship was uncovered a couple of weeks ago during excavations at the site of the underground Vehicular Security Center and Tour Bus Parking Facility for the future World Trade Center. Well, RIGHT NOW (!), MAC Lab conservators are on site, in Manhattan, helping to carefully remove the ship timbers from their burial environment. JPPM and the MAC Lab are very pleased and proud to have been chosen to assist with this exciting project and, as the conservators report on their progress, we will keep you updated!


World Trade Center site, New York City, before work
begins for the day


MAC Lab conservator Nichole Doub
wrapping timbers


MAC Lab conservator Nancy Shippen keeping the timbers wet