Ship built of World Trade Centre wreckage sets sail for New York

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Hundreds of people lined the banks of the Mississippi river near New Orleans as the USS New York sailed through the fog, local media reported.

Its bow stem contains 7.5 tonnes of steel salvaged from the rubble following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

"That steel means a whole lot more than just metal," Ronnie Harris, mayor of nearby Gretna, Louisiana told the local Fox News station amid a swell of patriot music.

"The entire country comes together in the form of that bow stem and I'm so proud that this event puts it in the history books and in people's minds."

The 684-foot longship's main mission is to transport and deploy combat and support elements of Marine expeditionary units, the US Navy said.

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