After the attacks on September 11, 2001, there was a rush to move people out of Manhattan, and many boats in the harbor started shuttling people away from the area. This has been referred to as the “9/11 Boatlift”, where half a million people were evacuated from the stricken areas around Lower Manhattan.
This was a massive response from the ferries, tugs, and support vessels in New York Harbor. It was the largest sea evacuation in history that moved over 500,000 people off of Manhattan island in 9 hours. This is larger than the famous “Operation Dunkirk” that moved 300,000 people over a 9-day period.
PortVision would like to recognize and honor all of the mariners associated with those tugs, workboats and vessels that responded on their own initiative to take hundreds of thousands of people to safety.
Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein.