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Captain Richard Phillips

Live at Massachusetts Maritime Academy

and via Zoom

October 6, 7PM

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Chatham Marconi is pleased to host Captain Richard Phillips on Oct 6 at 7 pm at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Captain Phillips will recount his ordeal of being taken hostage by Somali pirates. 

On April 5, 2009, Captain Phillips of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama was held hostage after his ship was attacked and boarded by pirates in the Indian Ocean off the Horn of Africa. It was the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. The ship was carrying U.S. food aid headed to Somali refugees in Kenya. On April 12, 2009, U.S. Navy SEALs on the USS Bainbridge opened fire against the Somali pirates in the Maersk Alabama lifeboat and rescued Phillips.


Captain Phillips published A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea to recount his experience as a hostage. His book then became a film, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks with a premiere at the New York Film Festival. The movie was nominated for several Academy Awards. .

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Capt. Richard Phillips Hijacking Rescuer
Captain Richard Phillips speaking at Massachusetts Maritime Academy October 6, 2022 at 7PM
Capt. Phillips Hijacked by Somali Pirates
Ed Fouhy, Chatham Marconi Maritime Center


We are proud to sponsor the Ed Fouhy Speaker Series, a limited schedule of special presentations designed to engage the community in exploring significant and thought-provoking topics.


As a communications professional for three national television networks, Ed Fouhy brought the world and its stories to the American public. In retirement he volunteered at the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum, where he wrote and produced two videos explaining the importance of wireless radio communications to the rescue of RMS Titanic survivors and the outcome of the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. In this spirit, the Ed Fouhy Speaker Series features programs selected to promote knowledge and understanding of history and world events.

Ed Fouhy Microphone