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July 5th, 2006, 09:38 AM
Seamenís Church Institute of New York and New Jersey
Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative

All Available Boats: Harbor Voices & Images, 9.11.01

This exhibit tells the little-known story of the everyday heroes who participated in the maritime evacuation of lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001.


May 22 - September 30, 2006

9 am - 5 pm, Weekdays
10 am - 5 pm, Weekends

Water Street Gallery at Seamenís Church Institute
241 Water Street, New York City

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July 5th, 2006, 09:45 AM
Museum Tells Story of 9/11 Evacuation

Detroit Free Press / AP (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/ALL_AVAILABLE_BOATS?SITE=MIDTF&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2006-07-05-04-25-44)
Associated Press Writer
July 5, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) -- On that September day, there was chaos, fire, confusion and fear. Through it all, the boats kept coming. Hundreds of them, from tugs to ferries, gathered along Manhattan's West Side to help evacuate those looking to get away from the burning World Trade Center.

An exhibit uses the voices of those who were there - tug captains, police officers, maritime workers, financial experts, students, teachers, stock brokers and other citizens - to tell the somewhat overlooked story of how thousands of people escaped lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, by boat.

Minutes after the first terrorist-hijacked jetliner hit the north tower, the Coast Guard base on Staten Island put out a call on the harbor maritime network: "All available boats!" That put in motion what would become the largest waterborne evacuation since a flotilla of civilian craft saved more than 300,000 British soldiers trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk, France, in 1940.

According to "All Available Boats," a current exhibit at the Seamen's Church Institute in lower Manhattan, hundreds of craft - tugs, ferries, workboats, fireboats, charter and pleasure craft - answered the call, converging on points along the West Side to collect survivors and take them to safety.

By day's end, some 300,000 people had been evacuated by water, it says, as thousands of others filled the streets, walking north or across bridges to Brooklyn and Queens to get out of the ravaged lower end of Manhattan.

The stories, presented in audio and visual format, evoke the chaos of the day, but also reveal an efficient and well-organized response by members of the maritime community after terrorists crashed two hijacked jetliners into the 110-story towers, killing nearly 2,800 people.

Watching from a Staten Island dock as the disaster unfolded, "we decided we needed to so something," says Ken Peterson, port captain for Reinauer Transportation, one of a half dozen tugboat operators in New York harbor.

Once the Coast Guard cleared them, he radioed: "All the Reinauer boats and anybody else, let's go and get the people."

Peterson wound up as the coordinator for tugboat operations that were one of the most active parts of the massive evacuation.

When the first tower fell, the smoke was so thick that New York Waterway commuter ferries had to use radar to find their Manhattan dock, says Paul Amico, a dock builder for the New Jersey-based company.

"Everyone did what they needed to do. ... if we had injured people on board, the ferry captains would call ahead to let them know to have ambulances ready," said Amico.

Amico also speaks of the "tremendous amount of fear," including whether more aircraft might be coming. "The scariest part was when fighter jets were flying over Manhattan. We didn't know whose they were, and they were coming close to us."

Lee Gruzen, who lived in an apartment in Battery Park City next door to the World Trade Center, felt "a tremor, a series of tremors," and from her window saw everything go dark, then "snow white, as if it were a tremendous blizzard on the top of a mountain."

As she and other evacuees boarded a maritime engineering company dive boat, they saw the Half Moon, a replica of the boat in which 17th century Dutch explorer Henry Hudson first arrived in New York, as it sailed past. "The uncanniness of it being there on this day ... was just extraordinary," Gruzen says.

The Seamen's Institute, which has served ships' crews since 1843, is near the historic South Street Seaport. It houses an extensive collection of ship models, which are tucked into every available space and even hung from the ceiling in the adjoining seamen's chapel.

The exhibit is scheduled to close Sept. 30.

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© 2006 The Associated Press.

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