J Mari Arch (2017) 12:147–148 DOI 10.1007/s11457-017-9175-x BOOK REVIEW Warren C. Riess with Sheli O. Smith: The Ship that Held Up Wall Street Texas A&M University Press, College Station, 2014, 128 pp, 44 B&W Figures, Glossary, Index, Hardcover, US $29.00, ISBN: 978-1-62349-188-6 Thomas Dhoop Published online: 1 August 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2017 This book is a personal account, primarily by Riess, of his thirty years’ journey researching an early eighteenth century colonial merchant ship found on the island of Manhattan, New York. The wreck was discovered in January 1982 during excavations at the historic waterfront, beside the East River, in preparation for the building of a thirty-story ofﬁce building by Howard Ronson’s HRO International. The ship, given the name ‘the Ronson wreck’, was a three-masted merchant vessel of c. 130–200 tons with a total length of 25 m and beam of 7.3 m and is described as having a full—relatively ﬂat—bottom, full upper bow and long keel. The bow structure and representative parts of the remainder of the hull were preserved by PEG (polyethylene glycol) followed by freeze-drying at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport New, Virginia, where they remain to this day. Although it clearly concerns an
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