The Privateer: John Derby

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About the series: Hit and Run History - Falklands HO

About the series: Hit and Run History - Falklands HO

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Cape Cod journalist Alan Pollock interviews Hit and Run History creator and host Andrew Buckley. Returning as the centerpiece of WGBH's History site, Hit and Run History travels to the Falkland Islands, deep in the Southern Atlantic, on their continuing journey tracking the Columbia Expedition -- the first American voyage of the world.

The Auction: The Columbia and Washington Medal

The Auction: The Columbia and Washington Medal

Hit and Run History

With only twenty known to exist, the Columbia and Washington Medal is the rarest American medal. In this series finale, the crew attends the sale of this national treasure in Philadelphia.

The Prisoner: Joseph Ingraham

The Prisoner: Joseph Ingraham

Hit and Run History

The crew of Hit and Run History heads to Boston to investigate a son of the North End, Joseph Ingraham.

The Rover: Captain Robert Gray

The Rover: Captain Robert Gray

Hit and Run History

The Hit and Run History crew roves across New England in search of Captain Robert Gray. Although the Columbia Expedition is Gray's claim to fame, the Rhode Island native’s personal history is murky. Following the end of slave trade in the Ocean State, Gray was chosen as second-in-command for the first American voyage around the world.

The Refugee: Samuel Brown

The Refugee: Samuel Brown

Hit and Run History

This webisode of Hit and Run History shows the tenacity it takes for historians to bring the past to light, as the crew tirelessly hunts for details about the life of the elusive Samuel Brown, a merchant from Newport, Rhode Island, and one of the many men involved in the Columbia Expedition—the first ship to circumnavigate the globe.

The Blackbirder: Captain Crowell Hatch

The Blackbirder: Captain Crowell Hatch

Hit and Run History

This webisode of Hit and Run History takes on a more sinister tone as the crew reveals how Columbia Expedition investor, Captain Crowell Hatch was deeply involved in the dehumanizing, but lucrative business of the slave trade.


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John Derby hailed from a wealthy merchant family in Salem, Mass. He gained fame during the Revolution for delivering news about the war across the Atlantic. The Hit and Run History crew tracks down how Derby turned to the profitable service of raiding English shipping fleets as a privateer.

Exploring Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass., the crew stumbles upon the grave of John Derby, then Heads over to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, to talk with historian Emily Murphy about Derby's life.

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