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UMaine Professor Writes of Ship Buried Under Manhattan in New Book

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Irwin Gratz
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MPBN

It took University of Maine professor Warren Riess some 30 years to solve the mystery of a ship.

It was buried for hundreds of years below filled-land in lower Manhattan, and was discovered in 1982 as preparations were underway to build a 30-story building on the site. Archaeologists who first spotted it knew they needed expert help, so they called Riess, who had just received a master's degree in nautical archaeology.

Warren Riess and his partner, Sheli Smith, wrote "The Ship that Held Up Wall Street."

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