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Repost on 9/11: BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

I watch this short documentary on the Great Manhattan Boat Lift of 9/11/01 at least once a year. In the face of natural and unnatural disasters, it is good to be reminded that when things are at their worst mariners will … Continue reading

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Remembering the Great New York Boatlift on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11

There is a line from a Paul Simon song, “these are the days of miracle and wonder.” One might not think to apply that lyric to the events of 9/11, fifteen years ago today, and yet for at least part … Continue reading

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Repost: BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

On the thirteenth anniversary of the attacks 9/11, it seems worthwhile to revisit the amazing story of the spontaneous maritime evacuation of somewhere between 300,000 and one million people who were trapped in lower Manhattan on the afternoon of September … Continue reading

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An American Dunkirk – Looking Back on 9/11 Twelve Years Later

Of all the things worth remembering on 9/11, one incredible event is often overlooked.  After the attack, all the bridges, tunnels and rail lines in and out of New York City were shut down. Somewhere between 300,000 and one million people … Continue reading

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Mariners Respond to 9/11- a PortSide NewYork Exhibit

Last September, PortSide New York mounted a multi-media exhibit on the historic buoy tender, Lilac,  about the extraordinary and little-known maritime role played in the recovery from the attacks of 9/11, from the evacuation to refuse removal and rebuilding.  A video … Continue reading

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An American Dunkirk – Evacuating Manhattan on 9/11

Ten years ago today, amidst the smoke, flames, and debris from the collapsed World Trade Center towers, an armada of tugs, ferries, launches and virtually every other craft available in New York harbor steamed toward the docks and seawalls of … Continue reading

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Portside NewYork Exhibit – The Maritime Role in New York on 9/11

Two years ago we posted about the largely overlooked maritime evacuation of lower Manhattan on 9/11.  With the bridges and tunnels shut down, between 350,000 and 500,000 people were evacuated by water in just a few hours. It was the largest maritime evacuation since … Continue reading

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Maritime Evacuation on 9/11 – An American Dunkirk

Eight years ago today, on a beautiful Tuesday morning in September,  hundreds of thousands of commuters were trapped  in lower Manhattan.  Manhattan is an island and all bridges, tunnels and subways had been shut down following the attacks on the World Trade Center. Shortly after … Continue reading

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