Restored historic ship returning to once-devastated seaport

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Posted: Sep 23, 2016 12:05 PM
Restored historic ship returning to once-devastated seaport

NEW YORK (AP) — A 19th century sailing ship is returning to New York City's seaport district as the centerpiece of a museum that also is making a comeback after having the wind knocked out of its sails by Superstorm Sandy.

The Wavertree underwent a $13 million overhaul that began in 2015.

It is one of the last large sailing ships made of wrought-iron and the largest of its kind still afloat. The vessel will again grace a berth of the South Street Seaport Museum when it is moved to the museum Saturday.

Its return marks a major step in the recovery of the 49-year-old institution that interprets the city's maritime history. The museum is making a comeback from three consecutive blows: 9/11, the 2008 Recession and Superstorm Sandy.