On September 11, 2001, a civilian fleet of ferries, tug boats, and other vessels went into the face of catastrophe and evacuated more than 500,000 people from Lower Manhattan. It was the largest rescue boatlift in not just American but world history.

Long-standing maritime traditions of safety, commitment, and courage guided these American maritime heroes. Our industry often works in quiet anonymity to protect the nation and keep the economy moving. Yet, to those familiar with this industry, the mariners’ actions on September 11, 2001, came as no surprise. In times of war and in times of peace, the American maritime industry will always answer the call of duty.

Hear testimonials of these first responders in the 2011 Tom Hanks-narrated documentary, Boatlift: An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience, and read more in the New York Post. 

9/11 Boatlift First Responders

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