By Brandon Enroth
Many have never heard of the Kevin C. Kane, a 53-foot long tugboat that was originally serviced within the New York Fire Department. The tugboat was used during 9/11 to save survivors, and assist with evacuations after the attack on the twin towers. This boat was also a part of the rescue of airline passengers aboard US Airways Flight 1549 which occurred back in 2009, which inspired the movie Sully, featuring Tom Hanks.
Mike Cole, the Bailey’s Harbor resident who recently purchased the boat after the boat was retired, talked about how the boat got the name the Kevin C. Kane.
Cole went on to elaborate how he was able to get the Kevin C. Kane all the way from New York to Door County. Cole, along with two other crewman, traveled to New York City, hopped on the boat upon repairs and traveled up the Hudson River through to the Great Lakes via a route of canals. Then Cole mentioned how long it took them to get across the Great Lakes all the way to Door County. “Overall it took about 23-25 days to get the boat here. I left for New York on the 1st and returned on the 26th I think,” Cole said. “My wife wasn’t too happy about me being gone that long but this boat was definitely worth the trip.”
Cole says that he has no intention on changing the name of the boat, and that the boat has no specific function. Cole said he doesn’t like putting labels on things but did allude to the fact that the tug will be used to help his marine construction business that he operates out of Bailey’s Harbor.