Please join the National Maritime Historical Society in commemoration of 9/11 and the great boatlift of the day for a flotilla, light lunch, and blessing of the fleet on Friday, 10 September in New York Harbor. We are honored that passage aboard the Classic Harbor Line fleet is being offered for this grand event with a ticket donation of $50 or more per person. 100% of all ticket donations will benefit waterfront organizations, including the National Maritime Historical Society and Sea History magazine.
The boatlift of 9/11 was the largest water evacuation in history. Road, tunnel, and railway closures out of New York City stranded over half a million people in lower Manhattan following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The maritime community, including over 150 ferries, tugboats, merchant ships, private vessels, and NYPD and FDNY boats transported over 500,000 individuals from lower Manhattan across the harbor to safety—a rescue that was larger than even the evacuation of Allied troops at Dunkirk.
To join us and assure that your donation directly benefits NMHS, book your tickets by clicking the NMHS Classic Harbor Line booking link . Don’t delay—spots are limited and will fill up quickly on four vessels departing from either Battery Park City or Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
Vessels will board around noon and disembark around 2:30 pm (depending on the vessel). Please see the booking link and details below for locations and exact times.
The flotilla route will include a gathering south of Governor’s Island, a pass by the Statue of Liberty, a procession and pass in front of the World Trade Center site, and it will then proceed past Manhattan’s Financial District.
A light lunch, including sandwiches, water and soda, will be provided. Guests are welcome to bring their own simple fare as well.