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Dredging crews accidentally remove part of New York’s oldest fort

Crews dredging the Hudson River accidentally ripped away remnants of what was once Britain’s largest fort in Colonial America, built in 1755.

Neal Orsini said he was awoken around 4 a.m. by the sound of dredging along his riverside property in Fort Edward, 45 miles north of Albany. Orsini said he later discovered that the dredgers had torn out the riverbank, along with two wooden beams that had been part of the original fort’s waterfront bastion. A third beam was later found still buried at the site.

Orsini said crews were supposed to stay away from that stretch of riverbank because of its archaeological significance.

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