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On November 2nd, 2009, the USS New York, an amphibious assault ship built in part with World Trade Center Towers salvaged steel, entered the NY harbor to pay homage to it's namesake city. The PT-728, a patrol torpedo boat, was granted the privilege to be the leading vessel escorting the carrier into the harbor. I was asked to document this historic event. Joining the escort on the ship's sides were NYPD and Coast Guard vessels. The PT-728 greeted the carrier at Verazzano Bridge and proceeded to lead it into the harbor. The USS New York halted at Ground Zero to render a 21-gun salute. The ship then steamed up the Hudson almost to the George Washington Bridge before turning around to dock at Pier 88 next to the aircraft carrier Intrepid.
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His expression says it all


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A scene from the Hudson. Coming down the river


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A scene from the Hudson. Coming down the river


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The pier at World Financial Center


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We picked up the PT-728 from Kingston the morning before the arrival of USS New York. PT-728 then docked at the World Fincancial Center dock the day before the USS New York arrival


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Guns exposed, the PT-728 stationed at the World Financial Center dock awaiting arrival of the USS New York the following morning.


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The morning of the USS New York arrival