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History Speaks! The Saga of Captain Michael Healy

March 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Toby Sullivan, Director of the Kodiak Maritime Museum, will present an interesting talk on renowned master of the U.S. Revenue Cutter “Bear,” Michael Healy. He was a highly talented and colorful mariner who ably represented the U.S. government from Southeast Alaska to the high Arctic. Healy, known as “Hell Roaring Mike” because of his hot temper and a predilection for drinking was a unique character.

Born before the Civil War, the son of a Georgia planter and a mixed race slave. Educated in Boston, and eventually “working in the Revenue Cutter Service, by 1882, Healy was given command of the USRC Thomas Corwin and was thoroughly familiar with the Bering Sea and Alaska. In this command, he enforced liquor laws, protected seal and whale populations under treaty; delivered supplies, mail and medicines to remote villages; returned deserters to merchant ships, collected weather data, rendered medical assistance, conducted search and rescue, enforced federal laws, and accomplished exploration work.”  [King, 1996] Join us to learn more about this interesting African-American sea captain. 


USRC Corwin: Departure for Alaska, 1885.
[Contemporary engraving]


  • King, Irving H. (1996). The Coast Guard expands, 1865–1915: new roles, new frontiers. Naval Institute Press.



March 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Laurie Madsen
(907) 486-5911


Kodiak Historical Society
101 E Marine Way
Kodiak, AK 99615 United States
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(907) 486-5920