Historic New York City Fireboat John J. Harvey was called back into service in the aftermath of 9/11 to pump water at Ground Zero.
CBS Sunday Morning
For the first time in 80 years, a fireboat’s chief engineer is a woman. Meet Jessica DuLong, the former dot-comer in charge of keeping the boat humming.
Jessica DuLong talks with The New York Times Urban Affairs Correspondent Sam Roberts about becoming a marine engineer aboard Fireboat John J. Harvey
Jessica DuLong explains why she abandoned her desk job at a dot com to become a fireboat engineer on a rusty antique fireboat.
The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC
“An unexpected portrayal of America in the decline of industry, delivered from the unique vantage point of the Hudson River…Powerful reading.”
“She details her often exhilarating experiences in her very fine and gutsy book. Ms. DuLong is a confident and sensual writer, as perceptive about small matters on a boat as was Anthony Bourdain, in Kitchen Confidential, about everyday events in a professional kitchen. … Readers will feel their own little yelps of glee all over My River Chronicles.”
— Dwight Garner
The New York Times
“She delivers an engaging narrative of maritime history and her own hands-on perceptions“
— Sam Roberts
The New York Times
“In her new book, My River Chronicles, Jessica DuLong asks: "How do we find meaning in an increasingly virtual existence, in a society that divorces us from the physicality of the land and water?" DuLong, who lost her dot-com job in 2001, says she has found an answer on the Hudson River.“
— Bob Minzesheimer
“The engine room is, in DuLong’s opinion, a tribute to an era of craftsmanship that is very nearly extinct.“
— Robert Sullivan
The New Yorker
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing to stop the sale of a ship that played a key role in what is believed to be history's largest maritime rescue—the evacuation of an estimated 500,000 stranded civilians from lower Manhattan in the hours after the 9/11 attacks.
— Rob Quinn
WILL, Illinois Public Media
Today’s manufacturing is more advanced and high-tech than old-fashioned production lines. But is America ready to support more training and innovation to align its available workforce with the manufacturing needs of our future?
Minnesota Public Radio 'Midmorning' Show
“This well-written, agreeable and lively book will appeal to many different audiences: people interested in the Hudson, ships, restorations and the role of women in the modern workplace.“
— John Rowen
Schenectady Daily Gazette
“DuLong gradually pulls listeners into her life on the water … Thoughtful and fascinating, this is a unique story”