On a national day of mourning after several especially tough months, one uplifting story stood out to our team and to the boaters.
How did boaters evacuate half a million people from lower Manhattan in less than 10 hours?
Week before last, my colleague Mat shared a link with the Dockwa team. "I try to watch this every 9/11. It’s a short, but incredible tale of heroism." – Right he was. I'd never heard the story of the 9/11 boatlift, and when I shared the video on the Dockwa facebook page I quickly learned I wasn't alone. The comments that went along with every share were in awe, and some shocked to be learning of these lesser-known heroes for the first time – clearly this story warrants a more prominent placement.
Give it a watch: the true story of the New York area mariners who worked together to create an impromptu flotilla of tug boats, ferries, and other vessels – commercial and civilian alike – to evacuate an estimated 500,000 people trapped in lower Manhattan, in what became the largest boatlift in history.