The statue was constructed in France and shipped to the United States in crates and then assembled in New York’s Bedloe Island, which was then renamed Liberty Island.
Today is a special day for the Americans as this day a ship brought a special gift to the United States, the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty was designed by the renowned French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by none other than Eiffel Tower’s Gustave Eiffel.
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Now many of you will be wondering that how did such a mighty statue make its way across the Atlantic Ocean. Well the truth of the matter is that the statue came in parts.
Bartholdi had basically planned to have the Lady Liberty ready as a gift for the 100th birthday of the United States but by that time which was 1876 the statue was nowhere near finished. So instead Bartholdi just sent the hand and torch section of the statue to Philadelphia where this was displayed in a Centennial exhibition.
However by 1885 Lady Liberty was completed and ready to be shipped but the effort to get her from France to the United States was actually more difficult than creating her. This was due to the statue being so huge that no ship could be able to carry the whole statue and thus it was decided to ship it in pieces.
The ship on which the Lady Liberty was being shipped in 214 crates was headed by a 19 year old French lieutenant, Rodolphe Victor de Dranbour. The ship went through a 72 hour storm during its journey and no hatches were big enough for the enormous crates.
Two days after the lieutenant turned 20 he dropped anchor off Sandy Hook and was welcomed by the New York World, the US Fleet, the New York Yacht Club and a dinner at the Hoffman House.
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So that is how the majestic Statue of Liberty was shipped to the United States and it’s been 130 years that it keeps a watchful eye on the New York City.