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Time-lapse of Costa Concordia salvage

For the first time in nearly two years, the Costa Concordia is standing upright along the coast of Italy.

The ship was finally lifted off of a reef Tuesday after running aground in January 2012.

The Concordia's submerged side suffered significant damage during the 20 months it bore the weight of the 115,000-ton, 300-meter-long (1,000-foot-long) ship on the reef. The daylong operation to right it had stressed that flank as well. Exterior balconies were mangled and entire sections looked warped, although officials said the damage probably looked worse than it really was.

The damage must be repaired to stabilize the ship so it can withstand the coming winter, when seas and winds will whip the luxury liner. The starboard side must also be stabilized so crews can affix tanks that will help float the ship off the seabed when it comes time to tow it sometime next year.

A Time photographer was on the scene as the ship was lifted over a 19-hour operation. You can see the time-lapse below.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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