GALVESTON, Texas - Some of the 500 trees damaged or killed by Hurricane Ike are being removed and will end up helping to restore what's billed as the world's last wooden whaling ship at Mystic Seaport.

Galveston Texas officials say the removal, which started Saturday, is expected to take up to two weeks.

Galveston spokeswoman Alicia Cahill says some stretches of the boulevard were under 6 feet of water from Ike's storm surge, with unwelcome saltwater.

Cahill told the Galveston County Daily News that 510 dead or dying trees are scheduled for removal. Much of the wood will available to the public. Replanting is expected next fall.

The trees will help restore The Charles W. Morgan was built in 1841 in New Bedford, Mass.

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Information from:The Galveston County Daily News