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Captain Michael A. "Hell Roaring Mike" Healy - from American slave to Arctic hero

Captain “Hell Roaring” Mike Healy
From American Slave to Arctic Hero

by Dennis L. Noble and Truman R. Strobridge

In the late 1880s, many lives in northern and western maritime Alaska rested in the capable hands of Michael A. Healy (1839-1904), through his service to the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service. Healy arrested lawbreakers, put down mutinies aboard merchant ships, fought the smuggling of illegal liquor and rearms, rescued shipwrecked sailors from a harsh and unforgiving environment, brought medical aid to isolated villages, prevented the wholesale slaughter of marine wildlife, and explored unknown waters and lands.

Captain Healy’s dramatic feats in the far north were so widely reported that a New York newspaper once declared him the “most famous man in America.” But Healy hid a secret that contributed to his legacy as a lonely, tragic figure.

In 1896, Healy was brought to trial on charges ranging from conduct unbecoming an officer to endangerment of his vessel for reason of intoxication. As punishment, he was put ashore on half pay with no command and dropped to the bottom of the Captain’s list. Eventually, he again rose to his former high position in the service by the time of his death in 1904. Sixty-seven years later, in 1971, the U.S. Coast Guard learned that Healy was born a slave in Georgia who ran away to sea at age fifteen and spent the rest of his life passing for white.

352 pp. | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | 17 b/w photos, 3 maps

ISBN 978-0-8130-3368-6 | Hardcover $34.95

Available September 2009 from University Press of Florida

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Advance comments on the book:

“This is a book of adventure that tells how one man shaped the Alaskan frontier at a crucial time in American history.”—Vincent William Patton, Master Chief Petty Ocer of the Coast Guard, retired

“Diligent research and precise writing reveal the realities of race relations in nineteenth-century America, as well as the dangers, loneliness, and complex relationships of life at sea in that era.”—Bernard C. Nalty, author of Strength for the Fight: A History of Black Americans in the Military



OP = Out of Print   IP = In Print   PB = Paperback

OP may be purchased from a store that specializes in used and out-of-print books.

Books IP may be purchased online, from the publisher or a bookstore.

Note: Two books missing from this listing: One is very high-priced, and the other, if still in print, is available from the Historian of the U.S. Coast Guard.

(Note: There is another author with the name Dennis L. Noble who writes cook books: this is not me.)

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Sentinels of the Rocks: available at Albis Books, ABE, Amazon 
Eagle and the Dragon: available at Amazon 
Forgotten Warriors: available at Albis, ABE, Amazon, Barnes & Noble 
That Others Might Live: available at Albis, ABE, Amazon, Barnes & Noble 
Lifeboat Sailors: available at Albis, ABE, Amazon, Barnes & Noble    Lighthouses & Keepers: available at Albis, ABE, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders    Alaska and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service: available at Albis, ABE, Amazon, Barnes&Noble. plus publisher, Naval Institute Press    Gunboat on the Yangtze: available at Albis, ABE, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, plus publisher, McFarland & Co., Publishers 


    Rescued by the U. S. Coast Guard
Captain “Hell Roaring” Mike Healy - From American Slave to Arctic Hero available at all book sellers   The U. S. Coast Guard: available at all book sellers   The Rescue of the Gale Runner: available at all book sellers, plus publisher, University Press of  Florida    Rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard: available at all book sellers, plus publisher, Naval Institute Press.