Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1887. Near Fine. First Edition. [11.75x9.25in]; 102 pp., 42 plates with 67 illustrations [4 chromolithographs], two large folding maps of Koowak River [Neat line 22x32.5in, Sheet 23.75x39in] and Noatak River [Neat line 18x36.25, Sheet 19.75x37.25in]; Rebound black cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine, all edges marbled ink stain and trimmed, marbled end papers; Minimal shelf wear to covers with slight fading of spine, front map mis fold creases, rear map with closed tear at hinge, minimal age toning to text and all maps, plates and illustrations are fine, offsets on original end paper from prior binding . [Arctic Biblio 18401, Wickersham 7596]. Item #13568
Michael Augustine Healy (1839-1904) captained two expeditions to the Arctic Ocean in 1884 and 1885 to study the Koowak (Kobuk) and Noatak rivers and the first ascent of the Bogoslof volcano. Included in this report from Healy, are narratives of J.C. Cantwell, S. B. McLenegan, and C.H. Townsend. Captain Healy had 20 years of service in Alaskan waters and, after assignment to the Corwin, was given command of the USRC Bear. He was recognized as the first mixed race African-American, born into slavery, to command a United States ship.
With the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867, the Revenue Cutter Service (now the US Coast Guard) began voyages and surveys of Alaska with the Steamer 'Lincoln'. The US Thomas Corwin began regular cruises to the Arctic Ocean and Alaskan waters in 1880 from the San Francisco home port. She participated in the search for the USS Jeannette, rescues of shipwrecked whalers, explorations and support of local Inuit natives.