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If you believe the legend, then the statue of liberty came to sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi as a vision. He envisioned it to be sailing into New York Harbor in 1870. He had sketched out the idea and conveyed it to the powerful New Yorkers and influencers. The New Yorkers saw him as a dreamer, but the French recognized his vision as the perfect gift to the U.S. on its 100th birthday!
"Carefully taken apart, the Goddess of Liberty was packed in 214 enormous crates, consigned to the steam-and-sail gunboat Isère for shipment to the U. S. In charge of the shipment was a 19-year-old French lieutenant, Rodolphe Victor de Drambour. No hatches on the little ship were big enough for the enormous crates. He cut open the side of the ship, pushed the dissected goddess straight into the hold. Throughout a 72-hour storm with canvas cut to staysail & spanker, Lieutenant de Drambour stayed on the bridge of his ship, while the crates shifted wildly, threatened any instant to sink him. Two days after his 20th birthday he dropped anchor off Sandy Hook, welcomed by the New York World, the New York Yacht Club, the U. S. Fleet, and a spanking good dinner at the Hoffman House."