Friday, February 15, 2008

here she is...

... the USS New York - made from the World Trade Center


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.

It is to be christened on March 1, 2008 and then commissioned later in the year.

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'

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link of the day:
http://www.ussnewyork.com/
(a beautiful site)

17 comments:

Momma Roar said...

I've read part of that story before, but I didn't realize it was soon being put into use.

What an awesome piece of history.

Melissa said...

I had no idea they were doing that! What an amazing and inspiring thing! Thank you for sharing it!!

Jamey said...

Amazing story and ship! Thanks for sharing!!

Penless Thoughts said...

I love this story and piece of our current history.
Susan

Just Mom said...

Wow!

Ma Kettle said...

Never Forget...

I had a moment of reverence and reflecting just reading your post~

Thank you for sharing this.
Jennifer

Mary@notbefore7 said...

WOW! I had no idea they were doing this! Thanks for showing it - what an amazing ship.

BTW...left you something at my blog.

Barb said...

That's quite a story. I hadn't heard anything about it. Interesting. Glad you blogged about it.

Pam in Colorado said...

Cool, huh?! I read that recently. Thought it was a great way to memorialize and assist others.

Mostly Sunny said...

That's tear jerker, for sure. I never thought of a ship as being beautiful, but that one truly is.

MammyT said...

This is a great post. I am going to show it to my husband. He is a marine captain and probably knows all about it, but the videos and photos are so good. thank you.
I don't know how I could do a single post on living in Alaska. I lived all over the state and in the bush part of the time for a total of 22 years. I could only do little vignettes about interesting times or places. It's certainly something to think about.
Nancy

carrie said...

that's neat. I didn't know that's what they were going to do. I'm sure it would help to watch the news every so often.

SharonB said...

Thanks for sharing this story...epecially for those of us who haven't heard about it. Don't know where I've been though....sigh...what a wonderful thing to do so that we don't forget.

MightyMom said...

makes me think of the Bon Jovi song written about 9/11 titled Bounce.

Deb said...

With tears in my eyes YES!! They will go back! AWESOME:)

Steve said...

Very interesting.

Huckdoll said...

Wow. I had no idea! How amazing...thanks for sharing.