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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Irish Escape on PBS Tonight

Tonight on PBS (Channel 8 in Houston. Thanks to Brian Leighton for this info. Jay) 7:00 PM - Secrets of the Dead -- Irish Escape (New) Wednesday, May 16, 2007 It has been called the most outrageous escape story in the history of the high seas. In 1876, after eight years of incarceration at Fremantle Prison in Western Australia, six Irish political prisoners escaped to America on board the American whaler Catalpa. Under the pretext of a whaling voyage, the Catalpa and its unassuming captain, George Smith Anthony, had sailed from New Bedford to liberate the prisoners. SECRETS OF THE DEAD tracks down descendents of Anthony and the prisoners and explores the swashbuckling details of the dramatic rescue through re-enactments of key events, including a fierce confrontation between the Catalpa and the HMS Georgette, the British steamer that pursued the whaler once the escapees were on board.
Joseph O'Connor's new book, Redemption Falls, is loosely based on events that followed this - the Fenians in the American Civil War.
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