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Photo courtesy of LILAC Preservation Project.

Photo courtesy of LILAC Preservation Project.


American Dunkirk
Discussion & Book Signing
Thursday, September 8, 6:00 PM
LILAC, Hudson River Park’s Pier 25


An amazing event that should not be missed! This Thursday, Our friends at LILAC, America’s Only Steam-Powered Lighthouse Tender, will host a special presentation by the authors of a new book about the maritime evacuation on Manhattan on 9/11.

Tricia Wachtendorf and James Kendra, the authors of a new book: American Dunkirk: The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11 will present a summary of their research and a panel discussion, featuring Jessica DuLong, chief engineer on the fireboat John J. Harvey and Eddie Rosenstein, Executive Producer/Director at Eyepop Productions, producer of the film Boatlift.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Captain Patrick Harris, owner and operator of the sailing yacht Ventura, a mariner who participated in the evacuation.

A reception and book signing follows. Paperback copies of American Dunkirk will be available at a discounted price of $20.00. Cash only.

Boatlift will be screened and audio recordings of mariners’ reminiscences, courtesy of PortSide NewYork, will be available for listening during the reception.

Admission is free. To help us plan, please register and let us know you will attend.

LILAC is berthed at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


Author Joseph Alexiou with his new book, Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal. Photo montage courtesy of Joseph Alexiou


Joseph Alexiou, NY writer and guide has written a new book “Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal”, which explores how the once tidal estuary of Gowanus creek served as a vital waterway for transport, from the earliest Dutch Settlers through the industrial age.


Hamilton Avenue Bridge spans the Gowanus Canal. Photo by Mitch Waxman


The book highlights the historical changes to the Canal and the neighborhood that it surrounds over the past 150 years, focusing on how long forgotten nineteenth-century movers and shakers who shaped the foundations of modern-day Brooklyn, turned the Gowanus Canal an industrial dumping ground.


Photo by Mitch Waxman


Come meet the author! Joseph will be one of our special guest speakers on WHC’s Hidden Harbor Tour of Gowanus Bay on Sunday, October 25 from 2pm-4pm. His book will be available for purchase on board.

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