All Available Boats
The centerpiece of this new exhibit reads: “On the morning of September 11, 2001, as the World Trade Center tragedy unfolded, thousands of men and women who were on or near the waters of New York harbor converged in any way possible. Answering the Coast Guard’s radio call for all available boats, hundreds of vessels raced across the Hudson and East Rivers.” Over the course of the day, they helped to evacuate over 300,000 people from Manhattan.
Visitors can view photos and actually listen to first-hand accounts of individuals who participated in the evacuation of Manhattan. The exhibit, donated to the Aviation Museum by the Cape May Coast Guard Base, tells the story of 9/11 from a unique perspective. The “All Available Boats” exhibit is part of NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum’s expanded area dedicated to the Coast Guard and nearby Training Center Cape May.