On June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York harbor aboard the French navy ship Isère as a gift from France to United States meant to symbolize friendship.
To transport it, the 151-foot tall structure had to be disassembled into hundreds pieces and packed into crates so that it could fit into the ship.
After 27 days at sea, the Isère arrived to New York before thousands of spectators who lined the shores. The Statue of Liberty was eventually dedicated on October 28, 1886 and designated a National Monument in 1824.
Today, the Statue of Liberty stands as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
For more about the Statue’s history and National Monument in New York, check out the NPS website.