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March 28th, 2018, 10:40 PM
USS New York (LPD-21), the fifth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named after the state of New York. New York has a crew of 360 and can carry up to 700 Marines. A symbolic amount of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center after it was destroyed in the September 11 attacks was used in her construction.

7.5 short tons of the steel used in the ship's construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center; this represents less than one thousandth of the total weight of the ship. The steel was melted down at Amite Foundry and Machine in Amite, Louisiana, to cast the ship's bow section. It was poured into the molds on 9 September 2003, with 7 short tons cast to form the ship's "stem bar"—part of the ship's bow. The shipyard workers reportedly treated it with "reverence usually accorded to religious relics," gently touching it as they walked by. One worker delayed his retirement after 40 years of working to be part of the project.
There are numerous pieces of twisted metal used as handles and other pieces mounted throughout the ship.

March 29th, 2018, 10:46 AM
That's very touching.

March 29th, 2018, 10:47 AM
How touching is that. I got goose bumps reading this post. Thanks for sharing.

March 29th, 2018, 10:48 AM

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March 29th, 2018, 10:51 AM
Being a native New Yorker (Buffalo born), I enjoyed reading this wonderful post. Thanks.