Dangerous Days at Sea

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Richard Phillips, captain of United States-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama, discusses what happened when the ship was boarded last year by Somali pirates and took Captain Phillips hostage. The tense, five-day stand-off ended in a high-seas rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs. In A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, Phillips tells the full story.

Event: Captain Richard Phillips will be speaking and signing books
Thursday, April 8, at 7:00 pm
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT


Richard Phillips

Comments [9]

Scott Sousa from Astoria

It was really funny when PTSD was brought up and Mr. Phillips said, "I don't think there was any sex involved!"

Apr. 10 2010 12:09 PM
Shane (a lady despite the name) from Upper Westside

Pirates without Peter Pan - my attention was held captive from moment of awakening straight through the Bustelo coffee brew. Bravo for the Merchant Marines! A reason to be proud to be from Massachusetts, the state that still produces smart, hardworking, trustworthy, law abiding loyal American husbands.

Apr. 08 2010 01:47 PM
Jean Marie Offenbacher from Chelsea New York

Captain Phillips claimed that Somalians do not suffer from illegal toxic waste dumping by European countries and invasions from international fishing fleets, then he went on to draw an analogy to the U.S. and our reaction to illegal dumpings and fishing fleets by saying "we" simply expel the intruders and do not resort to piracy. "We" have government agencies such as a Coast Guard. Somalia lacks a strong central government and possesses a tragically ridiculous shadow of a fleet to defend their waters.

Apr. 08 2010 12:48 PM
The Truth from Becky

Ok the fact that he say he would go back again is just were lucky to get away with your life...what is so worth the risk?

Apr. 08 2010 12:43 PM
The Truth from Becky

Hopefully he has explained in the book why he was sailing in the "most dangerous" seas on earth. Everyone knows/knew about piracy in that area. That was just stupid.

Apr. 08 2010 12:36 PM
Paul from Princeton

My son has been accepted to Mass Maritim. Can you comment on the school? Did you like it?

Apr. 08 2010 12:30 PM
A. Listener

..."of" organized terrorist groups.

Apr. 08 2010 12:23 PM
A. Listener

How does the ransom money get split up? Is there evidence that some of the money makes it into the hands or organized terrorist groups?

Apr. 08 2010 12:23 PM
A. Listener

Have Blackwater types of companies gotten into the cargo protection business? Are there any legal barriers to shipping companies protecting their property and personnel? Is it illegal for them the be armed in international waters?

Apr. 08 2010 12:08 PM

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