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A Ship Forged from WTC Steel

USS New York berthed at Pier 88 on Sept. 8, 2011 (Photo by Scott Koen, M/V LT Michael P. Murphy/via ussnewyork's Flickr) USS New York berthed at Pier 88 on Sept. 8, 2011 (Photo by Scott Koen, M/V LT Michael P. Murphy/via ussnewyork's Flickr)

Throughout history at least six United States Navy ships have borne the name “New York,” but only one can claim she was forged with 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center in her bow.

"The significance of where the WTC steel is located on the 684-foot-long ship symbolizes the strength and resiliency of the citizens of New York as it sails forward around the world," said Navy Cmdr. Quentin King, according to ussnewyork.com. "It sends a message of America becoming stronger as a result, coming together as a country and ready to move forward as we make our way through the world."

The USS New York commemorates the 9/11 attacks through more than name and construction materials.  The ship’s crest includes an image of the twin towers behind a rising phoenix, and the USS New York motto is “Never Forget.”  In that spirit, it returned to the harbors of New York for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, when the 9/11 Memorial was dedicated.  Read more on New York TimesCity Room blog.

For a full history on the construction, christening and commissioning of the USS New York, visit ussnewyork.com.

By 9/11 Memorial staff