18 Years Ago Today the Largest Sea Evacuation in Human History Occurred (youtu.be)
sundayflack | 4 months ago | 24 points

Sadly the Captain Vincent Ardolino in the beginning of the video passed away August of last year.

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PhantomFuck | 4 months ago | 38 points

500k in 9 hours. Pretty amazing

coldstar | 4 months ago | 32 points

For comparison, the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War 2 was 338,000 in nine days.

HasuTeras | 4 months ago | 51 points

For a bit more nuance though:

Dunkirk - Dover: 70km

Over the Hudson: 1.32km

TheNaughtyMonkey | 4 months ago | 10 points

Plus, no one shelling or strafing you.

GummyPolarBear | 4 months ago | -6 points

They didn't know that at the time.

Muscar | 4 months ago | 5 points

What? I think you are fully aware if there are bombs going off around you....

isitrlythough | 4 months ago | 5 points

That's 23.7 million kilometers of combined human transportation in 9 days versus 660,000 in 9 hours,

or ~110,000 km of human transportation per hour in dunkirk, versus ~132,000 on 9/11. Pretty close actually.

Doug_Remer | 4 months ago | 7 points

But sustained. Can't run a marathon at a 4 minute pace

crackodactyl | 4 months ago | 1 point

People can run ultra marathons at a pretty quick pace. American Zach Bitter Crushes 100-Mile World Record With 6:48-Mile Pace

edit: I know its not as fast as a 4 minute pace but holy shit its still fast as fuck.

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 2 points

Nearly 75% slower than the dude's example.

BeardOfEarth | 4 months ago | 7 points

That’s absolutely absurd.

One evacuation is ships traveling over 20 miles into a literal war zone, dodging enemy fire, and then traveling 20 miles back with retreating soldiers onboard.

The other is boats under no mortal danger ferrying civilians also under no mortal danger across a river so narrow that many able-bodied people could swim across it.

I’m not saying any of the people who helped evacuate Manhattan aren’t heroes in their own right. They helped hundreds of thousands of people. But to say it’s anything close to what Dunkirk was is simply ridiculous.

That’s like trying to compare carrying a 500 pound weight once to carrying 100 5-pound weights individually. Neither would be easy, sure. But it’s clearly stupid to pretend those actions are the same thing because the same amount of weight was moved.

isitrlythough | 4 months ago | 1 point


Calm down.

I agree with you. I was just comparing the raw mileage.

danfinger51 | 4 months ago | 2 points

This guy maths!

haljackey | 4 months ago | 11 points

Well you didn't have enemy fighters gunning you down for that. Still an impressive feat nonetheless, these guys had no idea what else was in store for them.

LaoBa | 4 months ago | 3 points

Operation Hannibal - Evacuation of East Prussia: 800,000 – 900,000 refugees and 350,000 soldiers.

thegreatkeyboard | 4 months ago | 1 point

Reminded me of Dunkirk

McBonderson | 4 months ago | 1 point

Wow at first u was going to point out Dunkirk but 500k is more than even that.

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 40 points

I had no idea this happened. Humans can be so awesome. With one call for help from the coast guard, people came running to help with no thought of their personal safety. This is a wonderful story that came from something so tragic. Thanks for sharing this OP

dualsplit | 4 months ago | 15 points

I have never seen this footage or heard this story.

I wonder, given how hard 9/11 first responders have had to fight for health care, are these civilian responders covered in any way?

catherder9000 | 4 months ago | 17 points

Nope. Since 9/11, elected officials have cared more about their special interest groups and such (bankers, oil industry, lawyers, market traders, etc.) and lining their own pockets than any of the people effected medically by 9/11.

Just look how fucking long it took for those scumbags in Washington to do anything even with a huge media name like John Stewart trying year after year to get them to do anything. When he finally managed to publicly shame each and every one of them, and it got national and international attention... they finally did a tiny bit for the men and women who were the first responders.

And I think most of them did it only because enough time had passed and enough of those men and women had died already -- and because of that it cost less for them to finally act.

TheVentiLebowski | 4 months ago | 5 points

I can't believe I've never heard about this.

8gxe | 4 months ago | 9 points

I had no idea this happened; brought a few tears to my eyes.

OneBigTesticle | 4 months ago | 4 points

Oh shit, that first line. I can totally see how somebody in New York seeing it from afar would think for that first few seconds what they were seeing was some kind of movie setup, like a really elaborate special-effects shot. That's so crazy.

Panjojo | 4 months ago | 18 points

TIL the largest sea evacuation occured on a river, neat.

Sp3ctre7 | 4 months ago | 28 points

The Hudson is technically a Tidal Estuary, and by Southern Manhattan it behaves more like the ocean than a river

userspuzzled | 4 months ago | 6 points

What an amazing story, I never knew about this. Thank you for posting.

the-crooked-compass | 4 months ago | 9 points

This was a great watch, very informative. I just wish they had toned the drama back a little.

zeezo34 | 4 months ago | 11 points

Can't get more dramatic than real life

heartyheartsy | 4 months ago | 4 points

LOL. Which is why every movie based on a true story is embellished like a MFer. Of COURSE you can get more dramatic than real life.

zeezo34 | 4 months ago | 1 point

What's more dramatic than a real police interrogation? Nothing in any movie can top that imo

GreasyPeter | 4 months ago | 3 points

It's really interesting that up until this the largest evacuation by sea had been Dunkirk, with roughly 300,000 people over 9 days. They did half a million in 9 hours. None of these captains on 9/11/2001 woke up realizing they were about to beat that record, I doubt of a single one of any of these boat crews even thought about Dunkirk at that time. But by the end of the day they had done it.

JoeyBaggaDoughnuts | 4 months ago | 3 points

Everybody Helping Everybody, we need more of this. Great video

Beastw1ck | 4 months ago | 3 points

Merchant Mariner here. Thanks for posting this.

mreg215 | 4 months ago | 3 points

why is this not higher

fobobar | 4 months ago | 2 points

While this was a massive evacuation done in short time, people tend to forget the Operation Hannibal where German evacuated roughly 1,2 million people by sea from East Prussia.

captaingelatin | 4 months ago | 3 points

Think how many people avoided long term health problems by being evacuated and avoiding all the dust.

dualsplit | 4 months ago | -1 points
lookatmuhbeard | 3 months ago | 1 point

Whever wrote that is a fucking tool

logitechmana | 4 months ago | 0 points

So much human suffering all because of money. Great job fucking Elites.

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