9/11 Remembrance

To Our Customers:

As this year marks the 18th year of the 9/11 anniversary, we will continue to honor the tradition that we have in the past.  At 8:46 a.m. we will throttle back all vessels in operation and pause for a moment of silence as this is when the first plane hit the towers.  At 9:03 a.m. we will throttle back again as this is when the second plane hit the towers.  At 10:28 a.m., it has become a tradition that all vessels not on route gather off the World Financial Center bank where the towers once stood pointing toward Manhattan and sound their horns for 1 minute.

Also, we will be allowing all UNIFORMED police, fire, EMS, and military ride free (all routes).  In closing, please take a moment to remember those from that tragic day.

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.