Report of the Cruise of the Revenue Marine Steamer Corwin in the Arctic Ocean in the Year 1884
HEALY, Capt. M. A.
Michael A. Healy (1839 1904) was a career officer with the United States Revenue Cutter Service, predecessor of the United States Coast Guard, reaching the rank of captain. He commanded several vessels off the Alaskan coastline. 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 seals and whales, delivered supplies, mail and medicine 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. He attained the rank of captain on March 3, 1883. It was not generally known that his father was a plantation owner and his mother a mixed-race slave, but he has been recognized as the first American of African descent to command a ship under the U.S. government. The book is well illustrated with photos of trading camps, Inuit residents, whaling ships, etc. Signed by Captain Shepard, commander of the Rush.
- Publisher: Government Printing Office
- Edition: n/a
- Date Published: 1889
- Place Published: Washington DC
- ISBN: n/a
- Condition: Very good
- Signed: No
- Dust Jacket: No
- Jacket Condition: n/a
128 p. 30 cm. 54 b&w photos, 5 plates at rear, 2 colour plates of birds following. Black cloth hardcover with gilt lettering. Some soiling to cloth, corners worn, thumb mark on Capt. Healy's Letter of Transmittal. Ink inscription of L. G. Shepard, Captain, U.S.R.M., Chief Revenue Marine, as well as another signature dated 1891, on front free endpaper.