Lawmakers Want to Stop Sale of Historic 9/11 Ship

Rob Quinn
April 29, 2021

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. The Coast Guard cutter Adak is due to be sold to Indonesia within days under what officials say is a policy decision made under the Trump administration, Fox reports.

The rescue of civilians from lower Manhattan on 9/11 was larger and faster than the Dunkirk evacuation in World War II, historian Jessica DuLong writes at CNN. With no plan to evacuate Manhattan in place, around 150 vessels of all kinds joined what began as a spontaneous boatlift.