Real Capt. Phillips of movie to speak at Viterbo

Merchant marine captain was subject of movie starring Tom Hanks

The merchant marine captain who was held hostage by Somali pirates and was the subject of the movie, “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks will speak at Viterbo University.

Richard Phillips will present “Steering Your Ship Through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership from Captain Phillips” on Tuesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. at Viterbo’s Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

In April 2009, the ship Captain Phillips was commanding, the MV Maersk Alabama was captured by Somali pirates and he became their hostage. The Maersk Alabama was carrying food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. It was the first U.S. ship hijacked in 200 years.

The tense five-day standoff ended when U.S. Navy SEALS launched a daring operation in which three pirates were killed and Captain Phillips was rescued.

Captain Phillips is the author of the book, “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Seas,” which details his experience and dramatic rescue. The story is the subject of the Academy Award-nominated movie, “Captain Phillips.”

General admission tickets go on sale at the Viterbo Box Office at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $5 for students.