Remembering the Boat Lift of 500,000 on 9/11


 

A wonderful post over at Maggie’s Notebook. We have seen many tributes to all those who worked tireless on the day of 9/11 to help others. But the efforts of all that had boats to rescue those is little reported. A wonderful video that is moderated by Tom Hanks. Stop by Maggie’s Notebook for the full read. Here we go:

It took 9 hours to rescue the 500,000 people trapped in lower Manhattan that day. It was the largest sea evacuation in history, larger than the 339,000 British and French soldiers rescued at Dunkirk in 1940.  Some might say that the 9/11 boatlift was not as great perhaps because the Allies at Dunkirk were encircled by the German Army, knew they were in a war,  and were rescued over a period of 9 days in 900 vessels which were much slower than those used 61 years later.  Yet the reality is that on 9/11 no one knew what was happening, and as one person explains in the video they thought that the boats in the waters of New York City might also be a target.  Anyone who remembers that day remembers that everyone thought that almost anything was possible – and that their town, their place of work, the nearest power plant, whatever, might be the next target.  Hence, it is not surprising that people were eager to leave the site and that the waterways were considered almost as dangerous.

H/T:Maggie’s Notebook

20 Responses to “Remembering the Boat Lift of 500,000 on 9/11”

  1. My Article Read (9-10-2015) | My Daily Musing Says:

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  2. Boatlift, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience | America's Watchtower Says:

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  3. Steve Dennis Says:

    What an incredible, inspiring, and heart wrenching story of heroism during the darkest day in American history! I am ashamed to admit that I had never heard about what these people did until I read this post, so thank you so much for sharing this! It serves to remind us that in times of trouble ordinary Americans will step up to the plate and do what is right despite what could happen. When these people did what they did they had no idea if the attack was over, they could have been attacked as well and yet they did what was right despite the fact they could be targeted. Again, thank you for sharing this!

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Glad you found it as inspiring as I did. I had not heard of it either. This should be a must for Obama and clan to see what Americans really are about. When the chips are down, we step up.

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      • Steve Dennis Says:

        Just posted it, with the proper hattip as well, thanks again.

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  4. baysider Says:

    Tremendous video! Sooo much better than the ‘kids born on 9/11 do good deeds’ program. Real people at their worst and showing their best.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Yes, it was so nice to see something positive, we need more of it these days. Should show this in the schools.

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  5. Always On Watch Says:

    Great post, Bunkerville.

    Linked at Infidel Bloggers Allilance.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks so much AOW.

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  6. geeez2014 Says:

    The video of the boatlift was largely ignored in the news; it’s astonishing and everyone should see it… It’s the best of America. I first saw it about five years after it happened, why? And THANK YOU to all involved!

    I was living in France on 9/11……afterward, the American embassy, etc., told us not to wear any flag scarves or anything with the flag on it, and speak English softly. Instead, I saw women in the grocery stores wearing American flag patterns on purses, etc.,….and I’d walk over to hear what they were speaking and it was native French. THEY were defiant FOR US. The churches were overflowing all over France….one Spanish woman at the American Church that first Sunday said “We are all Americans today, Madame”……I had to console an elderly woman to my right who was sobbing so loudly…… There were moments of silence all over France….and the next Bastille Day paraded, which I attended, included NYFD fire trucks in proud succession down the Champs Elysee…WHAT A SIGHT!
    They went through our purses and coat pockets going into church that Sunday. It was the first time I realized how much had changed…forever.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Many may still recall or were told what we had done for France at the time. We saved them twice last Century. If only their government felt the same way. Good to know🙂

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      • geeez2014 Says:

        at our local cafe, Terese, the little woman who poured coffee behind the counter every morning, approached me as she swept one day……..”you are America, oui, Madame?” I said I was and I kind of braced myself “Now what?” (reacting stupidly to the generalizations I’d been told to see for myself about the French….(I love the French and never got real flack from them…they aren’t what most people think they are, without knowing them)… She stopped sweeping and said “The French love the Americans” I said “Ooooh, I’m not sure of that”..she said “I’m from NORMANDY, believe me, we DO…we have a big statue of Patton there,” she said, holding her hand way above her head as if indicating the ‘bigness’ of the statue. I’m 5’9″ tall, but I FELT TALLER THAT DAY for what that lovely woman said!

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Very nice to hear. Looking at those pictures of our foreign graves in France are always a reminder of what Americans have and are willing to do. Unfortunately we have now a corrupt government that cannot be trusted to have our best interests at heart.

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  7. 9/11 #NeverForget #NeverAgain #InUITrust | LadyRaven's Whisky In A Jar – OH! Says:

    […] with every single breath they take.  Steve and PatriotUSA and Curtis and Sundance and Denise and Bunkerville and Bob Montgomery and Grumpy and Ann and Francis W. Porretto and John W. Whitehead and Danny […]

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    • bunkerville Says:

      You are so kind, and you do so much as well. We shall soldier on.

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  8. Angel Says:

    Bless you and yours this Sept 11th my friend..God keep us all safe..:)

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Back at you Angel. God keep us safer indeed

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  9. Brittius Says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    My son, and son-in-law, were right there, helping evacuate people. They came off of the tall steel on the East Side, when the earth shook and everyone thought a tower crane fell, then union foremen assembled all, and they marched to Ground Zero. then they were at the waterway terminals, helping people board. I was in the first event on February 24, 1993.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks. We were one on that day.

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      • Brittius Says:

        You’re welcome. Charlie Daniels said it best, “We’ll all stick together and you can take that to the bank”.

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