Posted: October 13, 2009, 1:06 PM by Ron Nurwisah, National Post
Normally a U.S. warship leaving the shipyard doesn't get many headlines. But the USS New York is no ordinary ship.
The transport ship's bow stem was made with steel reclaimed from the World Trade Center. The ship left Louisiana on Tuesday en route to New York, where it will undoubtedly receive a warm welcome.
From the USS New York official blog:
The USS New York will leave Avondale on Tuesday at about 7 a.m., and officials are asking people to line the banks of the Mississippi River to give the ship a New Orleans-style sendoff.The ship whose bow stem contains about 7 1/2 tons of steel from the World Trade Center, felled during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks also will receive two 21-gun salutes during its trek from Northrop Grummans Avondale shipyard to the Gulf of Mexico.
The USS New York will head to its namesake city, where it will be commissioned Nov. 7. Then it will move to its homeport of Norfolk, Va.
The ship's construction wasn't without incident. Construction was delayed when the shipyards were devastated by Hurricane Katrina four years ago.
The Times-Picayune has more on New Orleans' attachment to the ship:
"We think that because of this ship's special nature, it deserves a special send-off, " said Lola Lass, president of the Greater New Orleans Executives Association, which is organizing the "Line the Levees" event.
She noted the ship's motto: "Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget," and its analogous ties to the New Orleans region, whose shipbuilders, despite setbacks caused by Hurricane Katrina four years ago, invested sweat in building a vessel that honors a national tragedy.