There is a certain variety of US American documentary that gives me the heeby jeebies, like arts people using the word amazing and extraordinary every second sentence, the filmmakers of the US like to jerk the tear glands as often as possible. But this very little known story, the evacuation of Manhattan by boat, does amaze me. Nearly half a million people taken by boat in 9 hours. Okay, they were not being shot at like at Dunkirk, or dive bombed. But it is still pretty impressive. I suppose stinkboats aren’t all bad.

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