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Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Jessica DuLong

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501759123
eISBN:
9781501759130
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759123.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This book is the definitive history of the largest ever waterborne evacuation. The book reveals the dramatic story of how the New York Harbor maritime community heroically delivered stranded ... More


“We’re in the water!”

Jessica DuLong

in Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501759123
eISBN:
9781501759130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759123.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes how, when the South Tower came down, boats of all kinds amassed along the water's edge, cramming their decks and interior spaces with evacuees, trying to deliver as many people ... More


“I need a boat.”

Jessica DuLong

in Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501759123
eISBN:
9781501759130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759123.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter highlights the experiences of mariners during the waterborne evacuation after the 9/11 attacks. On the morning of September 11, mariners brought specialized capacities to all manner of ... More


“We have to tell us what to do.”

Jessica DuLong

in Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501759123
eISBN:
9781501759130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759123.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses how, instead of establishing a top-down command and control structure, the Coast Guard — from the top brass down to the on-scene rank and file — allowed for the organic, ... More


“Sell first, repent later.”

Jessica DuLong

in Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501759123
eISBN:
9781501759130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759123.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines how Chelsea Piers facilities, located directly up the Westside Highway from Lower Manhattan, had served a major role in disaster response from the earliest hours of the 9/11 ... More


“They’d do it again tomorrow.”

Jessica DuLong

in Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501759123
eISBN:
9781501759130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759123.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details how New York Waterway Port Captain Michael McPhillips, who was in charge of waterborne transportation for the New York National Guard in the days following the evacuation, was ... More


“I was gonna swim to Jersey.”

Jessica DuLong

in Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501759123
eISBN:
9781501759130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759123.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details the experiences of both mariners and passengers during the waterborne evacuation across the New York harbor following the attacks of 9/11. The longstanding tradition of mariners ... More


“A sea of boats”

Jessica DuLong

in Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501759123
eISBN:
9781501759130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759123.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes how, after both towers of the World Trade Center fell, Lower Manhattan had become an achromatic world churning with dust and paper. Desperate, ashy people pressed up against ... More


“It was a jet. It was a jet. It was a jet.”

Jessica DuLong

in Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501759123
eISBN:
9781501759130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759123.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter provides a background of the waterborne evacuation that happened after the events of 9/11. New York harbor was, and is, a busy place — the third largest container port in the United ... More


“It was like breathing dirt.”

Jessica DuLong

in Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501759123
eISBN:
9781501759130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759123.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses how, in the instant the South Tower collapsed, the scale of the disaster had magnified, transforming the evacuation-in-progress into a full-blown rescue effort. The cloud ... More


“Gray ghosts”

Jessica DuLong

in Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501759123
eISBN:
9781501759130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759123.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on events after the collapse of the North Tower. Minutes after the pulverized remnants of 1 World Trade Center settled out of the air along Manhattan's western shore, mariners ... More


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