Father Mychal Judge (ship)

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The Father Mychal Judge underway on 23 October 2015.
The Father Mychal Judge underway on 23 October 2015.
Name: Father Mychal Judge
Namesake: Mychal Judge
Operator: NY Waterway
Builder: Allen Marine, Inc., Sitka, Alaska
Christened: February 20, 2002[1]
In service: March 2002
Status: in active service, as of 2012
General characteristics [3]
Type: Passenger ferry
Length: 65 ft (20 m)
Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Draft: 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m)
  • 4 × 425 hp (317 kW) 6125 Lugger diesel engines
  • 4 × Hamilton 321 water jets
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Capacity: 110 passengers

The Father Mychal Judge is a NY Waterway ferry named in honor of Mychal Judge, a New York City priest who was a victim of al Qaeda's attacks on September 11, 2001.[4]

The vessel was christened in March 2002.[5] The ferry participated in the rescue of passengers of US Airways Flight 1549 that made a successful emergency landing on the Hudson River on 15 January 2009.[6][7] On April 6, 2012, her captain, Mohamed Gouda, led his crew in a second rescue of the crew of capsized barge Katherine G..


  1. ^ McQuillan, Alice (February 21, 2002). "Ferry Named For FDNY Priest". New York Daily News. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Father Mychal Judge - Vessel's Details and Current Position". marinetraffic.com. 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Boat Specs". allenmarine.com. 2012. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Antonio Antenucci, Rebecca Harshbarger (2012-04-07). "Barge tips over in New York Harbor near the Statue of Liberty, injuring two crew members". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2012-04-09. His crew lowered a Jacob’s ladder — a device specifically designed to pull people out of the water — and brought five people aboard his ferry, the Mychal Judge, which is named after a pastor who was killed at the Twin Towers on 9/11. 
  5. ^ Michael Ford (August 2002). Father Mychal Judge: An Authentic American Hero. Paulist Press. p. 199. ISBN 9780809105526. Retrieved 2012-04-09. A New York Waterway ferry was christened Father Mychal Judge. 
  6. ^ "Tugboat Capsizes Near Liberty Island; 3 People Rescued". CBS News. 2012-04-06. Archived from the original on 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Three people rescued after barge capsizes". ABC News. 2012-04-06. Archived from the original on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2012-04-09. Authorities say the Katherine G was in place at the end of the pier, that workers were in the process of loading a construction crane onto the spud barge, which is a unique barge that features 3 deck pilings.