September stormed ashore with a blast from Hurricane Irene, sending Harvey and its valiant crew upriver to weather it out. Our exciting trip to Mystic Seaport had to be postponed.
Once everything had calmed down, we prepped for the solemn events commemerating 9/11. There was an air of sadness as well as a feeling of hope and pride amongst the HarVols and crew.
There were subdued conversations about the part Harvey had played in that historic event. We had work to do and respects to pay.
On Saturday morning, September 10th, Harvey hosted a group of French Firefighters (Sapeurs pompiers ) and brought them off-shore at the World Trade Center to proffer their tribute.
That afternoon, we welcomed aboard the cyclists of the 4th Annual Brotherhood Ride... a group of firefighters who commemerate heroes from around the country by riding their bicycles to their hometown and providing financial and emotional support to families and friends. This year they rode non-stop from Naples Florida to New York City, 1600 miles in 22 days, to honor the 411 fallen emergency service worker heroes on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Harvey was honored that we were able to provide them with transport from Staten Island to Manhattan on the last leg of their heroic journey.
On the morning of 9/11 the Board Members and Crew of The Fireboat John J Harvey gathered aboard as we stood off shore along with the USS NEW YORK - LPD 21, (built with 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center in her bow) and other ships as part of the memorial ceremony. We were granted permission to do a memorial water display to honor those who perished.
There's a lot of excitement coming up with our rescheduled Mystic Seaport trip and our visit to the Oyster Bay, Oyster Festival.
Look forward to seeing you aboard.
And please remember that Harvey desperately needs your support to meet our Matching Save Americas' Treasures Grant. So check out our Naming Rights chapter below and get a Bitt or a Monitor, or even the Pilot's Wheel named in your honor, or, as a tribute to someone special.
SATURDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 10TH
"Bonjour!" "Bonjour!" "Bienvenue à bord! " The bright morning air resounded with the melodic sounds of French greetings. Captain Huntley Gill and Anne Redfield Welles conversed fluently with the French Firefighters while the rest of the crew reverted to foggy memories of High School French classes.
The trip south to the World Trade Center was a chance for our guests to encounter the awe-inspiring views of the Manhattan skyline from the river. (A sight the crew never tires of.)
Upon reaching our destination, a period of silence and remembrance sent chills down the spine and a tear to the eye.
After catching our collective breaths we traveled to the Statue of Liberty (a gift from France) followed by a tour of the East River to see a number of other NYC Fireboats at berth.
Their departure was filled with many handshakes and hugs as well as "Merci!" and "Au Revoir!" which did not tax our linguistic skills at all.
It was an honor to have had them on board.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON, SEPTEMBER 10TH
Click Here to Watch the Pipers Ceremony
On the afternoon of September 10th the fireboat motored over to Staten Island where we moored and waited patiently, shooting the breeze and admiring the SS New York, anchored in the harbor near us. We were ultimately rewarded with the sight of 45 firefighter bike riders approaching the fireboat, escorted by several fire trucks, sirens blaring. These firefighters had biked up from North Naples, Florida on the Brotherhood Ride, which commemorates those lost on 9/11. In addition to the 45 bike riders, we welcomed aboard their support team and 4 bagpipers! The pipers immediately found their way up to the top of the pilothouse, and began to play! It was an amazing sight.
The firefighters were invited to pick up a Harvey t-shirt as a souvenir, and to the delight of our wonderful store manager, Barbara Moore, each one of them insisted on hugging her as a ‘thank you’ for the shirts! We’re not sure who enjoyed it more- the huggers or the huggee!
The bikers were thrilled to be on the fireboat, and could not stop thanking us and exclaiming over Harvey and how ‘totally cool’ the boat was. Most of them had never been to New York, and several of us found ourselves playing tour guide as we went up the river, pointing out the sights.
Sadly, while training in Florida, one of the firefighters, James ‘Rob’ Moorehead, was been struck by a car and killed. He had been excited about the Brotherhood Ride, and was eagerly looking forward to it. His comrades were determined he would still make the ride, and carried his ashes with them as they rode over1600 miles. When Harvey paused off the World Trade Center site, the firefighters gathered on the stern to say farewell to Rob. After a brief memorial service, the canister with his ashes was passed around, above the heads of the men, and they reached up to touch it farewell as the pipers played ‘Amazing Grace’, then the ashes were gently tipped into the waters of the Hudson. It was a beautiful and poignant tribute and there was likely not a single dry eye on the boat.
When we pulled up to Pier 66, another spontaneous display of emotion took place. The patrons of the pier restaurant realized that the men leaving the boat with their bikes were firefighters, and as one, began to applaud them. The crew and volunteers of Harvey joined in the applause, and along with the skirling of the bagpipes, welcomed the Brotherhood Riders to New York in grand fashion. As the riders left the pier, the annual Tribute in Lights began to shine against the darkening sky, a serene reminder of both our loss and our resiliency.
It was an honor to be part of their journey, and a memorable and moving day for all of us.
Renee Lutz Stanley
WTC TRIBUTE IN LIGHTS BEACON ON THE EVENING OF SEPTEMBER 10TH 2011|
SUNDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 11TH
The morning was clear and calm, not unlike it was 10 years before.
The Crew and Board Members gathered aboard at 0800.
Captain Bob Lenney was at the helm.
There was an air of anticipation... a lack of smart alec jokes... a warmth of solidarity... a lump in the throat.
At 0815 we left pier 66 and headed south.
Conversation was subdued. Many stood alone and stared at the city skyline outlined by the early morning sun rising in the east behind the iconic buildings.
There were a few other boats including the elusively shaped USS New York.
We cut the engines and floated in silence as the seconds ticked down and the 9AM hour approached.
The sounds from a small radio in the bow brought the solemness of the World Trade Center's ceremony on board.
The water lapped at the Harvey's sides with calming caresses.
We were given permission to do a memorial water display after which we returned to Pier 66.
Once we were moored, there was an abundance of coffee, donuts, bagels and sundry goodies, which were devoured by the Crew with much camaraderie.
We all left with a feeling of hope and a big "Thank You" to those who had saved The Fireboat John J Harvey from the scrap heap, and gave it the chance to be of service once again.
THE KIDS' QUILT
Four of us were aboard this afternoon to welcome Miss Zimmerman’s third grade class from PS 33. They marched on holding aloft a delightful 4’ X4’ quilt they had made, featuring about 24 little art panels that each had prepared illustrating the 9/11 attack and Harvey's participation - just so moving! They all grouped around us on the aft deck for pictures and a Q&A session. The quilt is now hung from the top, bunk in the crew quarters out of harms way and will be featured near the boarding gangway on future trips.
Thanks kids... we love it.
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES ON THE HISTORIC FIREBOAT JOHN J. HARVEY
BE A PART OF THE MARITIME HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY
HELP MATCH OUR SAVE AMERICA’S TREASURE GRANT TO AID THE RESTORATION
OF THE FIREBOAT JOHN J. HARVEY!
STILL EXIST AT MANY LEVELS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS.
HONOR A PERSON OR AN EVENT BY NAMING A PART OF THIS IMPORTANT VESSEL,
AND RECEIVE LASTING RECOGNITION FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE FIREBOAT!
NAMING OPPORTUNITY: 1 $25,000 GIFT - PILOT HOUSE - The command center of the fireboat; only the very best captains are qualified to work here! Truly a unique opportunity!
NAMING OPPORTUNITY: 1 $10,000 GIFT - PILOT’S WHEEL - The hands of brave mariners rested on this wheel, guiding the
fireboat closer to danger as she fought fires in the harbor. One of a kind!
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES: 3 $10,000 GIFTS - FIREBOAT NAMEPLATES - These proclaim the name of FDNY Pilot John J. Harvey, who died in the line of duty. The boat is the first named for a firefighter from the ranks.
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES: 4 $10,000 GIFTS - LeCOURTENAY CERTIFUGAL FIRE PUMPS - These powerful pumps shoot the water at 18,000 gallons per minute, they can pump the equivalent of 20 land pumpers!
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES: 5 $7,500 GIFTS - FAIRBANKS-MORSE 8-CYLINDER DIESEL ENGINES - These power both the propulsion and the fire pumps, each engine producing 600 horsepower!
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES: 2 $7,500 GIFTS - WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC MOTORS - These 1,065-horsepower motors drive the fireboat’s two propellers.
NAMING OPPORTUNITY: 1 $7,500 GIFT - FIRE PUMP TELEGRAPH - These signal fire pump pressure. The pumps are so powerful that in 1931 Harvey shot water over the new George Washington Bridge!
NAMING OPPORTUNITY: 1 $5,000 GIFT - BOW MONITOR - The largest of the brass monitors that aimed water onto the flames! More than 3,000 gallons per minute shoots from this giant nozzle!
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES: 2 $2,500 GIFT - PORT & STARBOARD ENGINE-ORDER TELEGRAPHS - The pilot uses these to direct the speed & direction of the fireboat to maneuver.
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES: 2 CLAIMED $2,500 GIFTS - THE HEADS - In this essential room, brave men …
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES: 7 $2,500 GIFTS - MONITORS - Through these large brass nozzles, more than 18,000 gallons of water per minute poured on the flames. Iconic symbols of the fireboat!
NAMING OPPORTUNITY: 1 $2,500 GIFT - THE ‘GOLD ROOM’ - Originally the storage area for firefighting apparatus, it now stores much of the equipment that our dedicated volunteers use!
NAMING OPPORTUNITY: 1 $1,000 GIFT - STARBOARD PUNT CLAIMED - A crucial piece of the firefighter’s arsenal, this little punt could slide under piers and low structures so fires could be fought from below.
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES: 13 $250 GIFTS - BITTS 2 CLAIMED - These humble uprights hold the lines that secure the boat, as well as providing pivot points to maneuver the fireboat into docking position.
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