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The Odyssey Of Captain Healy

April 11, 2011 - 4:37 pm

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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