9/11 Remembrance

To Our Customers:

All NY Waterway ferries will observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Thursday, September 11, the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

We do this every year in solemn remembrance of that terrible tragedy and in tribute to the thousands of first responders, including our ferry crews and other employees.  Thanks to their efforts, what was our darkest moment also became our finest hour. 

NY Waterway crews evacuated more than 150,000 people from Manhattan on 9/11, working even as the dust clouds from the towers rolled over them.  Our ferries and other boats in the harbor conducted in one day the largest maritime evacuation in history.

You can view a video of this historic rescue on You Tube, Boatlift, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDOrzF7B2Kg.

NY Waterway ferries named in honor of those who sacrificed so much on 9/11 include:

  • The Father Mychal Judge – for 343 New York City Firefighters who died;
  • The Moira Smith – for the 23 New York City police officers who died;
  • The Fred V. Morrone – for the 37 Port Authority police officers who died;
  • The Douglas B. Gurian – for the thousands of civilians who died;

The Austin Tobin is named for the visionary Port Authority Executive Director who oversaw construction of the World Trade Center.

The Enduring Freedom is named for the men and women from America and our allies who dedicated themselves to the liberation of Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

If you happen to be riding on one of these ferries, take a moment to read the information in the center of the cabin.

Let us never forget the brave men and women who sacrifice for us that day and every day.

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