Now that the Gowanus is a Superfund site
, the Environmental Protection Agency is down there with all kinds of fancy equipment, measuring precise levels
of contaminants, even playing with sonar, which has led to a ghastly discovery—ghost ships
! Sonar readings indicate several sunken ships line the Gowanus floor, the Brooklyn Paper reports
, "including the 60-foot-long hull of a wooden vessel near Fifth Street". Human remains are unlikely to be found on board, but if any current or former residents on or around Fifth Street have been having strange dreams in which they're sailing through 19th Century industrial times, now you know why.