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May 8-10, 2014

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

415 Summer St.

Boston, MA 02210


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Captain Richard Phillips

Former captain of the Maersk Alabama



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Saturday, May 10, 2014

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Captain Richard Phillips appearing at the Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Boston. (Photo by Brent Harrewyn)

— Photo by Brent Harrewyn

Richard Phillips has been called a “hero of the high seas” for offering himself up as a hostage to save his crew after their ship, MV Maersk Alabama, was overtaken by Somali pirates in April 2009. The tense five-day stand-off ended in a daring high-seas rescue when U.S. Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors. Phillips’ book about the incident, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, was made into a 2013 film starring Tom Hanks.

Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots Union and a licensed American merchant mariner.

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