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Schooler to give a presentation today at the state library

Posted: September 13, 2012 - 12:03am
Captain Mike Healy  Courtesy of Alaska State Library,Historical Collections
Courtesy of Alaska State Library,Historical Collections
Captain Mike Healy

Author Lynn Schooler will present “Hell Roaring Mike” Healy: Controversial Captain,” today at noon at the Alaska State Library Historical Collections on the 8th floor of the State Office Building.

The focus of Schooler’s talk, Healy, was a captain in the United States Revenue Cutter Service who sailed several distinguished revenue cutters, including the Bear, from the late 1800s-1903. He was born to an Irish plantation owner and former slave in Georgia in 1839. He pursued seamanship, rather than academics as his siblings did, and became a regarded enforcer of U.S. interests on Alaskan seas, as well as a nationally recognized hero for daring rescues of wrecked whalers. Healy also participated in the bombardment of Angoon. Later, he was court-martialed for other reasons.

Schooler is the author of several books, including “The Blue Bear,” a nonfiction work about his friendship with renowned Japanese photographer Michio Hoshino. Schooler is a two-time winner of Alaska magazine’s grand prize for wildlife photography and winner of the National Wildlife grand prize.

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