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A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea is a book by Captain Richard Phillips, the captain of the container ship MV Maersk. A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless Paperback: pages; Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (January 18 . "I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his A Captain's Duty and millions of other books are available for instant access. view.

Her captain, Richard Phillips, was taken hostage and was not freed until several days later when a Navy SEALs team shot and killed the pirates. Beginning days before the hijacking, Phillips lays out a populist account of the politics of coastal Somalia, life on merchant vessels, the history of the merchant mariners, and the personal struggles he and his wife endured during and, to a lesser extent, after the hijacking. What I found most compelling about this book were its sections on life in pirate-heavy seas. Many of the chapters are preceded by quotes highlighting previously successful hijackings, and the chapters themselves provide a fair amount of detail about the procedures for dealing with piracy and the knowledge sea captains like Phillips must acquire before and after they traverse the seas. If anything, these sections do far more to describe who Phillips is than any of the chapters about the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama. They likewise provide a somewhat populist view of the issues in the Somali region, which do certainly add sympathy to an already sympathetic figure.

New Releases. A Captain's Duty. Description 8th April was just an ordinary day for 53 -year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the United States-registered cargo vessel, the Maersk Alabama, as it headed towards the port of Mombasa.

Ordinary that is until, two hundred or so miles off the east coast of Africa, armed Somali pirates attacked and boarded the freighter.

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It was the first time an American cargo ship had been hijacked in over years. What the pirates didn't expect was that the crew would fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew - a courageous gesture that resulted in his being held captive on a tiny life-boat off the anarchic, gun-plagued coast of Somalia.

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And so began a tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue by U. Navy SEALs. In A Captain's Duty, Richard Phillips tells his own extraordinary story - that of an ordinary man who did what he saw as his duty and in so doing became a hero.

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It is a thrilling true tale of adventure and courage in the face of deprivation, death threats and mock executions and also a compulsively readable first-hand account of the terrors of high-seas hostage-taking. Review Text "For once, the good guys won. Review quote "I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans.

Like in the movie, the crew of the Maersk Alabama activated the ship's fire hoses. Captain Phillips fired flares at the pirates and the ship was steered so that it would sway back and forth.

However, the pirates eventually still managed to throw up a ladder and board the ship, taking the bridge. Did Captain Phillips lock the bridge before the pirates came aboard? The movie opens with Captain Phillips meticulously attending to safety protocols, telling his crew, "Let's tighten up security! I want everything closed, locked, even in port. Most of the crew members fled below deck and locked themselves in the engine room, remaining there for over twelve hours in degree heat, while Phillips and three other crew members were held at gunpoint.

In the Captain Phillips movie, Tom Hanks's character tries to tell the pirates that they had pushed the ship too hard and that it was "broken". The Captain Phillips true story reveals that the real-life captain did in fact try to pretend that the ship was broken in order to delay the progress of the Somali pirates.

In addition, he also tried to pretend that he didn't understand them. The pirates still took the money and had it with them when they fled the ship in the lifeboat. The money has never been recovered.

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In the movie, the crew lays down broken glass inside the entrance to the engine room so that one of the pirates will step on it, injuring his bare feet. The injury forces the pirate to turn back, allowing the crew to overtake the other pirate with a knife and keep him as a hostage.

In reality, the trap of broken glass never happened.

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Phillips also never led the pirates below deck to his crew's hiding place. Instead, he sent one of the crew members down to search the ship with one unarmed Somali pirate.

Chief Engineer Mike Perry ambushed the pirate with a pocket knife and took him hostage. Did the crew really take one of the pirates hostage? Armed with a pocket knife, Perry subdued Muse, badly cutting the pirate's hand before taking him hostage. Did Captain Phillips volunteer to sacrifice himself to save the lives of his crew? He was already a hostage. Like in the movie, Phillips says he went down to the lifeboat to help the pirates get it started. It was then that they reneged on their deal to release Phillips for Muse, keeping the Captain on board the lifeboat after the crew had released Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse.

To that end, some of the crew members see Phillips as more the victim of a botched exchange, rather than the sacrificial hero that the media made him out to be.

The whole crew's like, 'What!? The real Captain Richard Phillips never offered to give up his own life for his crew. Do the crew members of the Maersk Alabama believe that Captain Phillips is a hero?

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No, the majority of them do not believe that Captain Richard Phillips is a hero. The emails specifically warned of Somali pirate attacks in the area, stating, " The yellow circle is the approximate location of the attack.

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He also admitted that he had kept the warnings to himself. The movie starts by showing us Captain Phillips only a few hours before he leaves on the Maersk Alabama. We know literally nothing about him apart from the fact that he is a hard-working guy who provides for his family and he has a wife that loves him.

This very brief scene at the beginning shows us that he is a good guy, tough, smart and a family man. He also talks about getting through the Maritime Academy and how life is harder for the younger generation these days because there is so much competition as opposed to when he was a boy. The book, unfortunately, starts where Captain Phillips is a lot younger.

He gives us the story of how he met his wife, with an extremely cheesy one-liner that I found hard to believe, 'I'm Rich, as in filthy'.

He asked the guy what he did and he told him 'merchant mariner. Phillips signed up almost instantly and found out his brother had completely lied to him, but he stuck with it because he's a tough bastard!

Dealing with the pirates was another issue. In the film, Phillips handles them with a fair deal of grace. He is a little blunt, but when they threaten to shoot the crew, he selflessly demands that they shoot him instead. He listens to their demands and takes them around the ship and tries to stall them and protect his crew.

In the book, that is to say in the real account, Captain Phillips acts like a total tool.