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"DuLong is a confident and sensual writer..."    The New York Times 


Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift

Three Hills/Cornell University Press, May 2021

Foreword by Mitchell Zuckoff

"SAVED AT THE SEAWALL is the greatest 9/11 story you've never heard. DuLong's impressive, vital work has preserved one of 9/11's most dramatic and least-known stories. Now future generations will forever know of the courage and spirit of New York's mariners."

Garrett Graff, The Only Plane in the Sky


"A waterborne evacuation larger than Dunkirk in New York Harbor? How come we barely noticed this at the time, and have largely forgotten about it since? DuLong brings this extraordinary episode to vivid, poignant life, using both literary and maritime expertise."

Adam Hochschild, King Leopold's Ghost


"On New York City's darkest day, the captains and crew of hundreds of boats took to safety as many as half a million survivors of the World Trade Center attack. No one has told this incredible story better than DuLong. SAVED AT THE SEAWALL is a moving page-turner."

Kenneth T. Jackson, president emeritus, New-York Historical Society


"DuLong takes a deep dive into what took place on 9/11 in the waters surrounding the World Trade Center Towers. The horrific stories she shares remain hopeful and inspiring. SAVED AT THE SEAWALL is a compelling read and shows humanity at its best."

Ann L. Buttenwieser, The Floating Pool Lady


"In this beautifully written and compassionate account, infused with dread and wonder, DuLong delivers meticulous reporting, human-scale and panoramic, that reframes 9/11. This enheartening chronicle of endurance and kindness, as wonderfully engineered and brilliantly executed as the waterborne rescue itself, proffers an evidence-based and hopeful view of humanity."

Mark Kramer, Founding Director, Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism, Harvard University


SAVED AT THE SEAWALL is the definitive history of the largest ever waterborne evacuation. Jessica DuLong reveals the dramatic story of how the New York Harbor maritime community heroically delivered stranded commuters, residents, and visitors out of harm's way.


Even before the US Coast Guard called for "all available boats," tugs, ferries, dinner boats, and other vessels had sped to the rescue from points all across New York Harbor. In less than nine hours, captains and crews transported nearly half a million people from Manhattan.


Anchored in eyewitness accounts and written by a mariner who served at Ground Zero, Saved at the Seawall weaves together the personal stories of people rescued that day with those of the mariners who saved them.


DuLong describes the inner workings of New York Harbor and reveals the collaborative power of its close-knit community. Her chronicle of those crucial hours, when hundreds of thousands of lives were at risk, highlights how resourcefulness and basic human goodness triumphed over turmoil on one of America's darkest days.


With a new preface and a foreword by Mitchell Zuckoff