(TruthSeekerDaily) In the exact spot where the former World Trade Center towers once stood, a chilling discover was made while archaeologists were examining excavation area — 20 feet beneath the ground’s surface was the skeleton of an ancient sailing ship.

How the 30-foot piece of the vessel made it’s way to this resting spot in lower Manhattan was the topic of much speculation among historians, after it was first found in July 2010. It’s remained a mystery ever since — until today.



Scientists believe that the ship may have vanished from site completely by 1918, only to be found from the tragedy of the World Trade Center attack.

Tree ring scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory analyzed the ship’s remains and concluded this month that a forest in the Philadelphia area provided the white oak for the vessel’s frame.

According to their findings, published in the journal Tree Ring Research, the trees were likely cut in 1773 — just years before the American revolution.



Wood sampled from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall matched those of the ship, which would indicate the two most likely came from the same region.  As such, scientists believe the ship was built in Philadelphia and also appeared to have been designed for Dutch passengers and cargo, for shallow water shipping.

The vessel likely found it’s final place on Manhattan’s lower west side, but was buried as the shoreline gradually pushed further west, according to experts.