Fleet Week 2019: US Navy ship made from 9/11 wreckage sails past One World Trade Center

The ship was given an 11 gun salute as it passed into the harbour

Clark Mindock
New York
Wednesday 22 May 2019 15:51 BST
USS New York sails across the city's harbour, with One World Trade Center in the background
USS New York sails across the city's harbour, with One World Trade Center in the background

A US Navy ship partially made from steel taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Centre has arrived in New York harbour, poignantly sailing past One World Trade Center which was built in the wake of 9/11.

The ship, the USS New York, was one of several ships participating in this year’s Fleet Week, which kicked off on Wednesday as those boats arrived at piers in Manhattan. An 11 gun salute was planned for the USS New York as it passed by Fort Hamilton.

The USS New York was built using 24 tonnes of scrap steel from the World Trade Centre, which collapsed during the 911 terror attacks in 2001.

It was designed to carry a crew of 360 sailors, with 700 combat-ready Marines who could be left at shores by helicopters and assault ships.

The steel itself was taken from the wreckage site in lower Manhattan to a foundry in Amite, Louisiana, where it was poured into moulds in 2003.

“Those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,” Navy Captain Kevin Wensing has said of the pouring, according to the Associated Press.

New York’s fleet week is held every year, and kicked off on Wednesday at 7.30am, when Navy and Coast Guard ships sailed up the Hudson river to Pier 86, and then docked around the city.

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