8/11/08

USS New York

Here SHE is, the USS New York, made from the World Trade Center !





USS New York

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite , LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, 'those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,' recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. 'It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.'

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the 'hair on my neck stood up.' 'It had a big meaning to it for all of us,' he said. 'They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back.'

The ship's motto? 'Never Forget'

12 comments:

  • Tina Kubala said....

    She is a beauty. I was raised on Navy bases until Dad retired when I was 16, so I can tell you a commissioning is always an emotional time for the crew and their families. I can only imagine I'd have crying to like a baby to see this one.

  • Margaret said....

    Gives me chills. Simply awesome!

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  • feefifoto said....

    I thought you were making it up but I googled it and apparently not.

  • BioTecK said....

    Wow.. I never knew that they have used the scrap steel of the WTC to make a warship!

  • axioblogger said....

    I remember seeing this ship on discovery channel. It is finally completed.

  • Sassy Mama Bear said....

    Wow, this is incredible, sends shivers down my back to think of the hope this provides to us as a nation and I love that motto!

  • Sly said....

    The irony of this is not lost on me.

  • Stefan said....

    What a wonderful idea, to build it from the scrap metal. A fitting use for the metal, to be used in the defence of the country.

  • Rachel S said....

    I was in NYC three weeks after 9/11, and in walking around the site, I passed a stack of twisted steel girders from the buildings that had been temporarily stacked on the sidewalk within public access. When I first heard about this project, I thought about that and will always wonder if the steel I touched went into it.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing! I first thought this can't be true.
    Great use for the metal scraps!
    Nicole
    http://nicoleb.org

  • Waterrose said....

    Wow. I never heard of this project. Seems it was kept very low keyed....did it even get a mention on the national news?

  • chilly said....

    Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by! :)

    I too never knew or heard anything about it until I got this in email. Do think it's a great idea for use of the metal. Wished I could have seen it on the Discovery channel.

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