Cape Cod journalist Alan Pollock interviews Hit and Run History creator and host Andrew Buckley on the program's continuing journey tracking the Columbia Expedition -- the first American voyage of the world.
Hit And Run History
Hit and Run History is a WGBH web series guest-produced by local filmmakers. This series of biographies and shorts tell the stories of the men involved in the Columbia Expedition—the first American voyage around the world.
With only twenty known to exist, the Columbia and Washington Medal is the rarest American medal. For the series finale, the Hit and Run History crew attends the sale of this national treasure in Philadelphia.
The crew of Hit and Run History heads to Boston to investigate a son of the North End: Joseph Ingraham. Years before Ingraham was chosen as second officer of the ship Columbia, he experienced the Revolutionary War firsthand, along with the Boston Massacre and Tea Party.
After the end of the slave trade in the Ocean State, Robert Gray was chosen as second-in-command for the first American voyage around the world. The Hit and Run History crew roves across New England in search of Robert Gray, but the Rhode Island native’s personal history is murky—until a meeting with Gray's descendants leads to a startling discovery.
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.
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.
Captain 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. This week the Hit and Run History crew tracks down how Derby turned to the profitable service of raiding English shipping fleets as a privateer.
In their fourth webisode, the crew of Hit and Run History heads down to the Outer Cape to learn about Joseph Barrell, a grocer who made his fortune in the war and then seized upon the idea of global trade that his contemporary, architect Charles Bulfinch, seeded in him.
Architect Charles Bulfinch grew up privileged in British-occupied Boston during the Revolution. The crew of Hit and Run History hits the Massachusetts State House to reveal the role its designer played in the Columbia Expedition.
This week the Hit and Run History crew find out how a Dartmouth College alumnus, former British Royal Marine under Captain James Cook, and the first American travel writer, found himself involved in the Columbia Expedition—the first American voyage to circumnavigate the globe.