New York City's favorite new discovery, the remains of an 18th century ship at the World Trade Center site, got a fancy once-over yesterday. Corinthian Data Capture scanned the 32-foot hull; according to Newsday, the Wyandanch company "uses state-of-the art infrared lasers to digitally capture a precise image of the mystery ship for posterity." The images can then be used to show "different planes and elevations on the ship" and to create a 3-D model!
It's suspected the ship was used as part of the landfill for when Washington Street was created in the early 1800s. Since it was nestled amongst dirt and ground water, the ship was preserved until its reemergence on Tuesday. Now the ship is disintegrating, causing archaeologists to work quickly to take measurements, photographs and more. A ship expert, Norman Bouwer, took a look at the remains and thinks the ship was an ocean-going vessel because "the hull has two wooden layers separated by strong timbers - the type of heavy-duty construction required for a ship that travels the high sea." Here video from the Daily News:
Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said, "They still have to dig 30 feet more so you don't know what else is under there."