|FYI — April 2003|
|By Brad Dunn|
Trade Center Reincarnated
On Christmas Day, more than 25 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center were loaded onto trucks at the Staten Island Fresh Kills Landfill, where the wreckage had been sorted and stored. The steel was transported to Northrop Grumman in Pascagoula, Mississippi, which will incorporate it into a 684-foot, San Antonio-class assault ship that can carry up to 1,200 people.
Of the more than 25 tons of steel that naval engineers decided to use for the project, almost 20 tons came from a single beam about 20 feet long. Recovery crews believe the beam was part of the south tower, which was the second building to be struck by an airliner but the first to collapse.
According to Northrop Grumman, if the steel meets specifications, it will be melted down and incorporated into the USS New York’s cutwater, the leading edge of the bow that slices through the water.
Because Navy policy is that state names can only be applied to submarines, New York Governor George Pataki (far left, next to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and former mayor Rudy Giuliani) had to get special authorization from top Navy officials to name the new vessel after the state that lost the most lives during the attacks. “The USS New York... will ensure that the world never forgets the evil attacks of September 11 and the course and strength New Yorkers showed in response to terror,” he says.
The $800 million warship is slated for active duty in 2007.
Best of all, with its reset button, it’s a true catch-and-release program.
This article originally appeared in the March 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.