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Old NY fort's timbers brought back for display

FORT EDWARD (AP) -- Several original timbers from a British Colonial fort that were ripped out accidentally by Hudson River dredgers four years ago are back home after being preserved at a Vermont museum.

The remnants of Fort Edward were recently hauled by truck from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, Vt., to the Rogers Island Visitors Center in the village of Fort Edward, on the Hudson 45 miles north of Albany.

A dredging crew removing PCB-contaminated sediment from the river as part of General Electric's ongoing cleanup project tore some of the timbers from the bank in August 2009. The timbers were the last visible remnants of a fort that was Britain's largest in North America during the French and Indian War.

The timbers will be displayed Saturday at the visitors center.
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