The 282 photographic prints in this collection document voyages of the United States Revenue Cutters “Bear,” “Corwin,” and
“Richard Rush” to Alaska and the Arctic Ocean in the 1880s and 1890s.
The images depict the boats,
Captain Michael A. Healy, and the crewmen, as well as Alaskan natives and their homes; and various views of the Alaskan wilderness
and towns. The collection provides insight into the people and events
the “Bear” and “Corwin” encountered on their voyages.
Michael A. Healy was born September 22, 1839, in Georgia to an Irish cotton planter, Michael Morris Healy, and a mulatto woman,
Eliza Clark. Even though his father sent him and his brothers north to be educated
(and hence escape slavery), Healy always ran away from the schools he was enrolled in, and eventually joined the clipper ship
"Jumna" in 1855. For the next ten years, he sailed on merchant
vessels until he was commissioned as a Third Lieutenant in the United States Revenue Service in 1865; that same year, Healy
married Mary Jane Roach, the daughter of Irish immigrants to Boston.
282 photographs in 8 boxes; photographs 19.5 x 24 cm (8 x 9 in) + 1 preservation microfilm copy reel.
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