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Your point of view: Put the fourth ship in a museum

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For the editor:

I’ve followed the saga of four colonial-era merchant ships intentionally buried neatly in the damp earth on the shore of the Potomac River, ever since the first was discovered beneath what is now Hotel Indigo.

I fervently hope that the plan to save three of the ships by submerging them in the artificial pond in Ben Brenman Park will work exactly as the city workers describe it. What concerns me is that their description included the word “innovative”. It’s an optimistic word that could simply mean “never tried before”.

So whether this plan works for as long as 25 years is debatable. We live in the age of global warming and our warming world is sure to present us with problems we have not yet considered.

Meanwhile, the fourth ship, the one pictured in the newspaper, is still being chemically treated at a research facility in Texas. The treatment will allow this vessel to be displayed above ground indoors. Putting this ship in a museum would make it the only exhibit of its kind in the Americas.

The Danes a few years ago found and rescued several scuttled Viking Age ships in the port of Copenhagen, wooden hulls preserved for many centuries in the cold waters of the North Atlantic. Since the other colonial ships are in Ben Brenman Pond, the museum building could be located nearby.

-Katy Cannady, Alexandria

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