Each year, around the anniversary of 9/11. the Ship Report shares this reminder of the best of human nature in tough times. Today’s show is all about Operation Boatlift, a spontaneous US Coast Guard request for help from “all available boats” in NY harbor after the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001. The response from area mariners was instantaneous and inspiring.

Inicluded in this show is an audio clip from an amazing short film called “Boatlift.” Below is a link to this 11 minute film. It’s among the most inspiring 11 minutes you’ll ever see in historical filmmaking. I defy you to watch it without choking up.


Here’s a link to the film, “Boatlift” and some information about the film’s makers and their efforts to foster community in the face of disaster.

The following text is posted on the “road2resilience” YouTube channel along with the film, Road2resilience is a group formed after the release of the film to promote resilience in communties facing disaster.

“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. Eyepop Productions, Inc.

BOATLIFT was executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke and premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington. The Summit kicked off a national movement to foster community and national resilience in the face of future crises. The film was made with the generous support by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Chairman Emerita, TotalBank (www.arsht.com)”