“A Captain’s Duty” – Captain Phillips To Speak At Mass Maritime


On Thursday, October 6, Captain Richard Phillips, author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, will discuss his encounter, his remarkable rescue and lessons learned, in an Ed Fouhy Speaker Series program presented by the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center.  The program will begin at 7:00 PM at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Admirals Hall, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA.

Hostage situation 

On Wednesday, April 8, 2009, a small group of Somali pirates hoisted a ladder onto the MV Maersk Alabama, a container ship flying the US flag that was transporting food relief to refugees in Kenya. This started the now-famous hostage situation. It was the first time in more than 200 years that a U.S. ship had been hijacked. When the pirates who attacked Captain Phillips’ ship kidnapped him, he became the focus of an astonishing international drama. The five-day-long episode that captured the attention of the entire globe culminated with his dramatic rescue by US Navy SEALs from the USS Bainbridge. To share his tale, Phillips authored A Captain’s Duty. The novel made it to the New York Times Best Sellers list and was adapted into the Tom Hanks-starring movie “Captain Phillips,” which had its premiere at the New York Film Festival and received multiple Academy Award nominations.

The event

General Admission tickets are $20 each in advance for the in-person event at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), or $25 at the door.  The lecture will be followed by a book signing with books for sale. Proof of COVID immunisation is required for MMA. For $10, everyone may watch the event live at home on Zoom. The ChathamMarconi.org website of the Center offers ticket sales. Students and Center members are subject to different pricing.

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Source: Maritime Professional


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