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The Odyssey Of Captain Healy

April 11, 2011

The Odyssey of Captain Healy profiles the life of one of the most famous men in Alaska during the 19th century. As captain of a U.S. Marine Revenue cutter, Captain Michael Healy stood for law and order along the treacherous 30,000-mile coast of the Alaska territory. From San Francisco’s Barbary Coast to the Arctic, sailors swapped stories of “Hell-Roaring Mike Healy”.  The man who skippered the U.S. cutter called Bear from 1886 to 1896 kept a closely guarded secret: He was the son of an African-American slave. Using 19th-century footage of old San Francisco and interviews with longshoremen and historians, the film tells the dramatic tale of a fascinating man who was haunted by demons and, in the end, charted a destructive life course that ended with a heart attack in 1904.

The Odyssey of Captain Healy

  • Broadcasts on KAKM (Channel 7): Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m

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