Tugboats on Hudson River Honor World's Largest Maritime Evacuation for 20th Anniversary of 9/11

A procession was held on the Hudson River on September 10 to remember the evacuation of thousands of people by tugboats on the day of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

According to reports, the event was held on the day before the 20th anniversary of the attacks to honor those who participated in the world’s largest maritime evacuation.

The events included a shoreside ceremony, vessel procession, and blessing of the fleet.

The maritime industry played a major role in the evacuation of more than 500,000 people who had no way to get out of Manhattan except by ferries, private vessels, and tugboats.

According to Admiral James Loy, former US Coast Guard commandant, the 9/11 evacuation was “bigger than Dunkirk.” Credit: Michelle Black via Storyful

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