Q&A with Susan Swain
Former chief engineer on NYC fireboat John J. Harvey, Jessica DuLong, discusses the largest maritime evacuation in history, when mariners rescued nearly 500,000 people off Manhattan by boat following the 9/11 attacks.

C-Span: Q&A with Susan Swain

9/11: Evacuating Ground Zero
The Boatlift: the boats involved, the obstacles they faced, and about her own experience of ground zero.

Warfare by History Hit Podcast

Woman Makes History on Historic Fireboat
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.


On 9/11, a Flotilla of Ferries, Yachts and Tugboats Evacuated 500,000 People Away From Ground Zero
Amidst the terror and tragedy of the day came these everyday heroes who answered the call when the city needed them most.

Smithsonian Magazine

WCBS-TV Interview
“I’m hoping that as we can look back on 20 years, we can see that coming together in that way is still possible.”


History Author Show Interview
The time machine travels back to a bright morning that turned dark, when ships of all sizes answered cries for help to evacuate Lower Manhattan.

History Author Show Podcast

NBC LX News Interview // Remembering 9-11 // Boat lift
NBC LX News interview about the boat lift


Port captains recall heroic mission to evacuate New Yorkers from Ground Zero on 9/11
An excerpt from "Saved at the Seawall" tells the story of two boat captains on 9/11.

New York Post

Hippocampus Magazine Review
"Proves that ordinary people can offer respect, assistance, and kindness to help others through even the worst crisis."

Hippocampus Magazine


Jessica DuLong


Betsy DeJesu
Betsy DeJesu Communications

Literary Agent

Joy Tutela
David Black Literary Agency