Glace Bay, Nova Scotia: Where the Atlantic was Conquered and Global Wireless Began

Thursday - June 2, 7PM - via ZOOM

Matthew Cook at Chatham Marconi Speaker Series

Matthew Cook

Matthew Cook will speak from Marconi National Historic Site, where the ruins of Marconi’s first permanent North American station can be found, along with a museum explaining the significance of the place to Marconi’s “Great Thing.”

About Our Speaker:   Matthew Cook is the National Historic Site and Visitor Experience Manager at Marconi National Historic Site of Canada in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He also manages Alexander Graham Bell, Canso Islands, and St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Sites. He has degrees in history and commerce and has worked with Parks Canada for the past fourteen years. Matthew grew up a few miles down the shore from the site of Marconi’s Glace Bay transmission station.

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. .

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