Statue of Liberty Celebrates 130 Years Since Arriving in New York – Ship Photos of the Day

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June 17, 2015

This painting by Edward Moran depicts the French navy ship Isère (white) arriving in New York harbor with the Statue of Liberty, June 17, 1885.


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.

Engraving by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper showing the arrival of the Isère. Image Credit: Library of Congress/NPS


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.

Photo: NPS
Photo: NPS


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

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