In the midst of all the sad and horrific remembrances of the 9/11 terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, a some events stand out as triumphs of the human spirit in a time of tragedy. One of those in the maritime realm was Boatlift – a spontaneous and heartfelt response to a call from the US Coast Guard for “all available boats” in New York Harbor, to come to the southern tip of Manhattan Island to help in a rescue effort. More than 600 sailors on 150 different vessels heard the call and immediately converged on the scene. Together they evacuated more than half a million people from the wreckage of lower Manhattan. Today we remember Operation Boatlift.

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Here’s a link to the film “Boatlift”:

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