The Ship That Held Up Wall Street

bookcoverWhen an 18th-century ship was unearthed during a 1982 pre-construction dig at 175 Water St. in Lower Manhattan, nautical archaeologist Warren Riess was called in to find out how it got there. After a year of fieldwork that included co-excavating the remains of the Colonial merchant ship, as well as more than three decades of analysis, interpretation and writing, Riess has revealed what he discovered in “The Ship That Held Up Wall Street.” Texas A&M University Press is the publisher of the 112-page book written by the research associate professor in the departments of history, anthropology and marine sciences at the University of Maine. In the book, Riess offers details about the construction of the vessel that was likely built in South Carolina and dubbed Princess Carolina, as well as information about her history as a merchant ship and why and how she came to be buried in New York City. Riess is slated to attend a reception and deliver a lecture at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at The Explorers Club in New York City. For more information, reviews and to order a copy, visit,7901.aspx.