History Literature / PassageToNovember

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* {{Smug Snake}}: Eli, dear Lord, Eli. Gets away with doing as little work as possible, agitates for the unions to sow discord amongt the crew and officers, and sexually harasses Clara throughout the story... knowing full well he'll get away with it because his uncle owns the shipping company they all work for.

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* {{Shipper On Deck}}: Despite being a {{Moment Killer}}, Hiram Miller is bound and determined to make sure Clara Grace and Captain McTavish end up together.
* {{Smug Snake}}: Eli, dear Lord, Eli. Gets away with doing as little work as possible, agitates for the unions to sow discord amongt amongst the crew and officers, and sexually harasses Clara throughout the story... knowing full well he'll get away with it because his uncle owns the shipping company they all work for.
15th May '13 11:02:29 PM Vasha
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* {{Will They or Wont They}}: They [[spoiler: don't]]

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* {{Will They or Wont They}}: WillTheyOrWontThey: They [[spoiler: don't]]
15th May '13 8:40:50 PM Vasha
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* {{Jerkass With A Heart of Gold}}: [=McTavish=]. All he wants is to do his job and get through life with as little drama as possible. His plan comes to a screeching halt when he's forced to accept a beautiful young woman as the ship's cook. Believing she is a distraction to the crew, he is not nice to her.

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* {{Jerkass With A {{Jerk with a Heart of Gold}}: [=McTavish=]. All he wants is to do his job and get through life with as little drama as possible. His plan comes to a screeching halt when he's forced to accept a beautiful young woman as the ship's cook. Believing she is a distraction to the crew, he is not nice to her.



* {{Nightmare Fuel}}: The bodies, dear God, the bodies that are flung ashore after the storm. Described as "frozen and blue, their faces contorted with the pain of death."



* {{Squick}}: Several:
** The rat in the pantry. Actually, [[spoiler: what's left of it when [=McTavish=] is done clobbering it]].
** Eli Filch, in general. A filthy, leering, rotten-mouthed pig of a young man who knows he can get away with just about anything. One glance from him leaves Clara Grace feeling like she needs a shower... only he would probably be watching.
** Any of the boardinghouses and waterfront dives frequented by the ''Longhope'' crew.
15th May '13 8:38:35 PM Vasha
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''Captain William McTavish believed life was best lived alone... until Clara Grace came to work aboard his ship. Something in her eyes... something in the music from her old violin, broke through his hardened heart... at last he'd finally found his kindred spirit.''

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''Captain William McTavish [=McTavish=] believed life was best lived alone... until Clara Grace came to work aboard his ship. Something in her eyes... something in the music from her old violin, broke through his hardened heart... at last he'd finally found his kindred spirit.''



''Passage to November'' is an Historical {{Romance Novel}} set against the backdrop of the Great Lakes in 1913, culminating in the worst storm ever to hit the Lakes. The storm, called the ''White Hurricane'' by historians, devastated most of the Great Lakes shipping fleet and caused nearly 300 deaths. Written in 2011 by Phyllis DeMarco, the novel went on to win the 2012 EPIC Award for Best Historical Romance.

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''Passage to November'' is an Historical {{Romance Novel}} set against the backdrop of the Great Lakes in 1913, culminating in the worst storm ever to hit the Lakes. The storm, called the ''White Hurricane'' by historians, devastated most of the Great Lakes shipping fleet and caused nearly 300 deaths. Written in 2011 by Phyllis DeMarco, [=DeMarco=], the novel went on to win the 2012 EPIC Award for Best Historical Romance.



* {{All Love is Unrequited}}: Firmly believed by Clara and Captain McTavish [[spoiler:until the very end]].

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* {{All Love is Is Unrequited}}: Firmly believed by Clara and Captain McTavish [=McTavish=] [[spoiler:until the very end]].



* {{Anguished Declaration of Love}}: subverted. Clara and Captain McTavish go well out of their way to avoid saying the words "I love you."

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* {{Anguished Declaration of Love}}: subverted. Clara and Captain McTavish [=McTavish=] go well out of their way to avoid saying the words "I love you."



* {{Badass In Charge}}: McTavish, in spades. Retired Royal Navy Commander? Check. Brawny Scotsman with a hair-trigger temper? Check. Shades of {{Crazy Jealous Guy}} who will stop at nothing to protect the young woman in his care? Check and check mate.

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* {{Badass In in Charge}}: McTavish, [=McTavish=], in spades. Retired Royal Navy Commander? Check. Brawny Scotsman with a hair-trigger temper? Check. Shades of {{Crazy Jealous Guy}} who will stop at nothing to protect the young woman in his care? Check and check mate.



* {{Beast and Beauty}}: Particularly in the beginning, before Clara breaks through McTavish's hardened heart.
* {{Beautiful Dreamer}}: Clara falls asleep before [[spoiler:McTavish can propose]].
* {{Berserk Button}}: Go ahead, try to do something nasty to Clara Grace while Captain McTavish is around.

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* {{Beast and Beauty}}: Particularly in the beginning, before Clara breaks through McTavish's [=McTavish=]'s hardened heart.
* {{Beautiful Dreamer}}: Clara falls asleep before [[spoiler:McTavish [[spoiler:[=McTavish=] can propose]].
* {{Berserk Button}}: Go ahead, try to do something nasty to Clara Grace while Captain McTavish [=McTavish=] is around.



** Everyone, including Captain McTavish, is terrified of Flora Miller.
* {{The Captain}}: William McTavish, a 40-ish, decorated veteran of the Royal Navy who came to America at the request of Cleveland Transport to run their sole "salty," the ''SS Longhope''.
* {{Chest of Medals}}: Implied, as McTavish's career in the Royal Navy is over and he does not brag about his service, but Clara spots many medals and commendations when she visits McTavish's cabin.

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** Everyone, including Captain McTavish, [=McTavish=], is terrified of Flora Miller.
* {{The Captain}}: William McTavish, [=McTavish=], a 40-ish, decorated veteran of the Royal Navy who came to America at the request of Cleveland Transport to run their sole "salty," the ''SS Longhope''.
* {{Chest of Medals}}: Implied, as McTavish's [=McTavish=]'s career in the Royal Navy is over and he does not brag about his service, but Clara spots many medals and commendations when she visits McTavish's [=McTavish=]'s cabin.



*** It is stated that the boat's primitive nature is one of the biggest reasons Captain McTavish and his crew loved sailing her. The ship spoke to their own primal nature.
* {{Crazy Jealous Guy}}: McTavish shows definite shades of this, particularly when he must escort Clara to public places.
* {{Curb Stomp Battle}}: McTavish's savage beatdown of [[spoiler:Eli]] results in [[spoiler:a broken jaw, broken nose, a mouthful of busted teeth, and Eli's being dumped from the boat in Buffalo]]. Also directly leads to [[spoiler:Eli's spiteful order to overload the boat just before the last critical trip of the season]].
* {{The Cynic}}: McTavish again. He believes theirs is a Crapsack World and that [[spoiler: Clara Grace deserves better than a life lived sailing the lakes]].

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*** It is stated that the boat's primitive nature is one of the biggest reasons Captain McTavish [=McTavish=] and his crew loved sailing her. The ship spoke to their own primal nature.
* {{Crazy Jealous Guy}}: McTavish [=McTavish=] shows definite shades of this, particularly when he must escort Clara to public places.
* {{Curb Stomp Battle}}: McTavish's [=McTavish=]'s savage beatdown of [[spoiler:Eli]] results in [[spoiler:a broken jaw, broken nose, a mouthful of busted teeth, and Eli's being dumped from the boat in Buffalo]]. Also directly leads to [[spoiler:Eli's spiteful order to overload the boat just before the last critical trip of the season]].
* {{The Cynic}}: McTavish [=McTavish=] again. He believes theirs is a Crapsack World and that [[spoiler: Clara Grace deserves better than a life lived sailing the lakes]].



* {{Dance of Romance}}: subverted. McTavish only dances with Clara when his jealousy of Chauncey Ney gets the better of him.
* {{The Day of Reckoning}}: November 9, 1913. The day-- and the storm-- McTavish has long feared.

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* {{Dance of Romance}}: subverted. McTavish [=McTavish=] only dances with Clara when his jealousy of Chauncey Ney gets the better of him.
* {{The Day of Reckoning}}: November 9, 1913. The day-- and the storm-- McTavish [=McTavish=] has long feared.



** McTavish's extreme displeasure at having a woman aboard his ship causes him to be unnecessarily cruel to her.

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** McTavish's [=McTavish=]'s extreme displeasure at having a woman aboard his ship causes him to be unnecessarily cruel to her.



* {{Dying Alone}}: Miller promises this will be McTavish's end if he doesn't act on his feelings toward Clara.

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* {{Dying Alone}}: Miller promises this will be McTavish's [=McTavish=]'s end if he doesn't act on his feelings toward Clara.



* {{A Father to His Men}}: McTavish

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* {{A Father to His Men}}: McTavish[=McTavish=]



**{{The Leader}}: Captain McTavish

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**{{The Leader}}: Captain McTavish[=McTavish=]



* {{Florence Nightingale Effect}}: Following the [[spoiler:union riots in Duluth, Clara cares for McTavish's brutal injuries]]. Her concern for him catches him off-guard.
* {{Grand Romantic Gesture}}: Captain McTavish pretends to be all sorts of put out by the prospect of escorting Clara to the Cuyahoga County Fair when they put in to Cleveland for a brief stay... but knowing that all she has to wear are work dresses and a pair of hand-me-down trousers, he buys her a beautiful dress and hat for the occasion.
* {{Hates Being Alone}}: McTavish is a loner by nature, but [[spoiler:his growing feelings for Clara Grace]] make him realize he despises his loneliness.
* {{Heroic BSOD}}: Happens to [[spoiler: McTavish]] twice, or may be considered one long BSOD. First, when [[spoiler: the ''Longhope'' tears against the rocky lake bottom and he realizes they are doomed]] and then [[spoiler: when he reaches the beach and surveys the devastation still coming ashore, including his best friend's corpse and Clara's smashed violin. He can't help but believe that Clara is dead, too]].
* {{Heroic Neutral}}: McTavish, who firmly believes life is simpler when lived alone. Until [[spoiler: Clara Grace comes along]]... and even then he [[spoiler: fights like hell to protect his heart]].
* {{Heterosexual Life Partners}}: McTavish and Miller.

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* {{Florence Nightingale Effect}}: Following the [[spoiler:union riots in Duluth, Clara cares for McTavish's [=McTavish=]'s brutal injuries]]. Her concern for him catches him off-guard.
* {{Grand Romantic Gesture}}: Captain McTavish [=McTavish=] pretends to be all sorts of put out by the prospect of escorting Clara to the Cuyahoga County Fair when they put in to Cleveland for a brief stay... but knowing that all she has to wear are work dresses and a pair of hand-me-down trousers, he buys her a beautiful dress and hat for the occasion.
* {{Hates Being Alone}}: McTavish [=McTavish=] is a loner by nature, but [[spoiler:his growing feelings for Clara Grace]] make him realize he despises his loneliness.
* {{Heroic BSOD}}: Happens to [[spoiler: McTavish]] [=McTavish=]]] twice, or may be considered one long BSOD. First, when [[spoiler: the ''Longhope'' tears against the rocky lake bottom and he realizes they are doomed]] and then [[spoiler: when he reaches the beach and surveys the devastation still coming ashore, including his best friend's corpse and Clara's smashed violin. He can't help but believe that Clara is dead, too]].
* {{Heroic Neutral}}: McTavish, [=McTavish=], who firmly believes life is simpler when lived alone. Until [[spoiler: Clara Grace comes along]]... and even then he [[spoiler: fights like hell to protect his heart]].
* {{Heterosexual Life Partners}}: McTavish [=McTavish=] and Miller.



* {{I Want My Beloved to Be Happy}}: The reason McTavish believes he must let Clara go.

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* {{I Want My Beloved to Be Happy}}: The reason McTavish [=McTavish=] believes he must let Clara go.



* {{Jerkass With A Heart of Gold}}: McTavish. All he wants is to do his job and get through life with as little drama as possible. His plan comes to a screeching halt when he's forced to accept a beautiful young woman as the ship's cook. Believing she is a distraction to the crew, he is not nice to her.

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* {{Jerkass With A Heart of Gold}}: McTavish.[=McTavish=]. All he wants is to do his job and get through life with as little drama as possible. His plan comes to a screeching halt when he's forced to accept a beautiful young woman as the ship's cook. Believing she is a distraction to the crew, he is not nice to her.



*** Even further lampshaded by Miller when he dares McTavish to fire her. [[spoiler: he balks at the idea, fearing what might become of such an innocent beauty.]]
* {{Kid Sidekick}}: Jimmy O'Donnell, a 17-year-old deckhand whom McTavish is grooming to become an officer.

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*** Even further lampshaded by Miller when he dares McTavish [=McTavish=] to fire her. [[spoiler: he balks at the idea, fearing what might become of such an innocent beauty.]]
* {{Kid Sidekick}}: Jimmy O'Donnell, a 17-year-old deckhand whom McTavish [=McTavish=] is grooming to become an officer.



* {{Love at First Note}}: Though she's physically quite beautiful, it is Clara's violin-playing that breaks through McTavish's hardened heart.

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* {{Love at First Note}}: Though she's physically quite beautiful, it is Clara's violin-playing that breaks through McTavish's [=McTavish=]'s hardened heart.



* {{May December Romance}}: Though not terribly out of touch with the times (early 20th century) McTavish is 17 years older than Clara Grace. He cites this as one of the reasons [[spoiler:he cannot allow their romance to continue]].

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* {{May December Romance}}: Though not terribly out of touch with the times (early 20th century) McTavish [=McTavish=] is 17 years older than Clara Grace. He cites this as one of the reasons [[spoiler:he cannot allow their romance to continue]].



** McTavish has an Oh Crap moment before they are due to return to their home port of Cleveland for a brief stay. While the officers talk about their plans for their time off, McTavish announces his plans to work on upgrades to the boat. He then realizes he's just left the door wide open for one of the other men to swoop in and sweep Clara off her feet by showing her a good time in the city.

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** McTavish [=McTavish=] has an Oh Crap moment before they are due to return to their home port of Cleveland for a brief stay. While the officers talk about their plans for their time off, McTavish [=McTavish=] announces his plans to work on upgrades to the boat. He then realizes he's just left the door wide open for one of the other men to swoop in and sweep Clara off her feet by showing her a good time in the city.



** McTavish, when he realizes that his bosses are ordering him to overload the ''Longhope'' at the worst possible time of the year.
** As the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 intensifies, Captain McTavish and his wheelsman look on in horror as [[spoiler:another lake freighter swings too close to the SS LonghopeŚ they avert the impending collision just in time to see the monstrous waves tear the other boat to pieces and drag it to the bottom of Lake Huron]]. A similar fate awaits them [[spoiler:when their boat's steel plates give way]].

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** McTavish, [=McTavish=], when he realizes that his bosses are ordering him to overload the ''Longhope'' at the worst possible time of the year.
** As the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 intensifies, Captain McTavish [=McTavish=] and his wheelsman look on in horror as [[spoiler:another lake freighter swings too close to the SS LonghopeŚ they avert the impending collision just in time to see the monstrous waves tear the other boat to pieces and drag it to the bottom of Lake Huron]]. A similar fate awaits them [[spoiler:when their boat's steel plates give way]].



* {{Relationship Upgrade}}: The relationship between Captain McTavish and Clara Grace undergoes several upgrades throughout the story:

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* {{Relationship Upgrade}}: The relationship between Captain McTavish [=McTavish=] and Clara Grace undergoes several upgrades throughout the story:



* {{Secret Relationship}}: What McTavish hopes his relationship with Clara will be. Knowing the men on his boat, he feels this is more for her sake-- but when [[spoiler:their relationship becomes fodder for gossip amongst the crew, McTavish uses it as a reason to push Clara away]].

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* {{Secret Relationship}}: What McTavish [=McTavish=] hopes his relationship with Clara will be. Knowing the men on his boat, he feels this is more for her sake-- but when [[spoiler:their relationship becomes fodder for gossip amongst the crew, McTavish [=McTavish=] uses it as a reason to push Clara away]].



** The rat in the pantry. Actually, [[spoiler: what's left of it when McTavish is done clobbering it]].

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** The rat in the pantry. Actually, [[spoiler: what's left of it when McTavish [=McTavish=] is done clobbering it]].



* {{Thinks Like a Romance Novel}}: Clara, who believes Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters to be the Great Triumvirate of English authors. She even goes so far as to accuse McTavish of secretly having an insane wife (insane because, of course he'd ''driven'' her insane) hidden away somewhere in Scotland.

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* {{Thinks Like a Romance Novel}}: Clara, who believes Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters to be the Great Triumvirate of English authors. She even goes so far as to accuse McTavish [=McTavish=] of secretly having an insane wife (insane because, of course he'd ''driven'' her insane) hidden away somewhere in Scotland.



* {{Through His Stomach}}: Subverted, inverted, and later enforced. His officers and crew love the meals she makes for them, but McTavish is loathe to admit that Clara is a very good cook. "Adequate," is the word he initially uses to describe her cooking. His estimation of her skill improves as the story (and their relationship) progresses.

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* {{Through His Stomach}}: Subverted, inverted, and later enforced. His officers and crew love the meals she makes for them, but McTavish [=McTavish=] is loathe loath to admit that Clara is a very good cook. "Adequate," is the word he initially uses to describe her cooking. His estimation of her skill improves as the story (and their relationship) progresses.



* {{You Are Better Than You Think You Are}}: Miller's sort-of pep talk to the drunken and heartsick McTavish. It doesn't work. [[spoiler: Until nearly the end.]]

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* {{You Are Better Than You Think You Are}}: Miller's sort-of pep talk to the drunken and heartsick McTavish.[=McTavish=]. It doesn't work. [[spoiler: Until nearly the end.]]
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* {{All Love is Unrequited}}: Firmly believed by Clara and Captain McTavish until the very end.

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* {{All Love is Unrequited}}: Firmly believed by Clara and Captain McTavish until [[spoiler:until the very end.end]].



* {{Brooding Boy Gentle Girl}}: Oh boy...



** Although the sinking of Titanic a year earlier brought massive changes to the maritime industry (i.e. telegraph machines on all vessels, adequate lifeboats, etc.) the changes only impacted ocean-going vessels. Great Lakes ships were not required to adhere to the new laws. Newer ships were outfitted with the latest communications devices, but older ships such as ''Longhope'' had two lifeboats and no way to communicate with other ships.

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** Although the sinking of Titanic a year earlier brought massive changes to the maritime industry (i.e. telegraph machines on all vessels, adequate lifeboats, etc.) the changes only impacted ocean-going vessels. Great Lakes ships were not required to adhere to the new laws. Newer ships were outfitted with the latest communications devices, but older ships such as ''Longhope'' had two lifeboats were not refitted with such modern conveniences. The only way shipmasters would have known of impending weather dangers were the weather flags raised at various weather stations (which were always too late to be of much use), and their own intuitions. There was no way for these older ships to communicate with other ships.ships, or with anyone on shore.



** She's literally a damsel in distress at the end, and she knows it.

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** She's literally [[spoiler: lost, alone, and extremely hypothermic after the storm]] she's a true damsel in distress at the end, and she knows it.distress, [[spoiler:but too weakened to realize it]]



** The fact that no "respectable" orchestra would hire Clara Grace, despite her prodigious musical talents.

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** The fact that no "respectable" orchestra would hire Clara Grace, despite her prodigious musical talents.talents, simply because she is a woman.



* {{Do Not Go Gentle}}: When the Great Storm of 1913 hits, the men of the ''Longhope'' go to extraordinary lengths to keep the ship afloat... and to save their own lives. It is only when [[spoiler: they hit a rock and the boat's steel plates begin to fail that they realize all is lost. See {{Heroic BSOD}}]].

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* {{Do Not Go Gentle}}: When the Great Storm of 1913 hits, the men of the ''Longhope'' are literally fighting for their lives, and go to extraordinary lengths to keep the ship afloat... and to save their own lives. afloat. It is only when [[spoiler: they hit a rock and the boat's steel plates begin to fail that they realize all is lost. See {{Heroic BSOD}}]].



**{{The Chick}}: Clara Grace (also Team Chef)

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**{{The Chick}}: Clara Grace (also Team Chef){{Team Chef}} and a bit of {{Team Mom}})



* {{Florence Nightingale Effect}}: Following the [[spoiler:union riots in Duluth, Clara cares for McTavish's wounds]]. Her concern for him takes him off-guard.
* {{Grand Romantic Gesture}}: Captain McTavish pretends to be all sorts of put out by the prospect of escorting Clara to the Cuyahoga County Fair when they put in to Cleveland for a brief stay... but he buys her a beautiful dress and hat for the occasion.

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* {{Florence Nightingale Effect}}: Following the [[spoiler:union riots in Duluth, Clara cares for McTavish's wounds]]. brutal injuries]]. Her concern for him takes catches him off-guard.
* {{Grand Romantic Gesture}}: Captain McTavish pretends to be all sorts of put out by the prospect of escorting Clara to the Cuyahoga County Fair when they put in to Cleveland for a brief stay... but knowing that all she has to wear are work dresses and a pair of hand-me-down trousers, he buys her a beautiful dress and hat for the occasion.



* {{Heroic BSOD}}: Happens to [[spoiler: McTavish]] twice, or may be considered one long BSOD. First, when [[spoiler: the Longhope tears against the rocky lake bottom and he realizes they are doomed]] and then [[spoiler: when he reaches the beach and surveys the devastation still coming ashore, including his best friend's corpse and Clara's smashed violin. He can't help but believe that Clara is dead, too]].

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* {{Heroic BSOD}}: Happens to [[spoiler: McTavish]] twice, or may be considered one long BSOD. First, when [[spoiler: the Longhope ''Longhope'' tears against the rocky lake bottom and he realizes they are doomed]] and then [[spoiler: when he reaches the beach and surveys the devastation still coming ashore, including his best friend's corpse and Clara's smashed violin. He can't help but believe that Clara is dead, too]].



** Lampshaded by Hiram Miller, who points out that the only one distracted by Clara Grace is [[spoiler: McTavish himself]].
*** Even further lampshaded by Miller when he dares McTavish to fire her. [[spoiler: McTavish balks at the idea.]]

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** Lampshaded by Hiram Miller, who points out that the only one distracted by Clara Grace is [[spoiler: McTavish the captain himself]].
*** Even further lampshaded by Miller when he dares McTavish to fire her. [[spoiler: McTavish he balks at the idea.idea, fearing what might become of such an innocent beauty.]]



*** Actually, more like her first few days aboard the ship. Several months pass before she is accepted as a member of the crew, and then she's the topic of all the hot gossip.
** Clara, after she [[spoiler: innocently plants a grateful kiss on McTavish's cheek following his {{Grand Romantic Gesture}}]]. She's terrified the act will scare him away.
** McTavish... while the officers are planning their recreation plans for their stay in their home port of Cleveland, McTavish talks of the work that will have to be done on the ship... and he realizes he left the door wide open for one of the other men to swoop in and sweep Clara off her feet.

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*** Actually, more like her first few days weeks aboard the ship. Several months pass before she is even grudgingly accepted as a member of the crew, and then she's the topic of all the hot gossip.
** Clara, after she [[spoiler: innocently plants a grateful kiss on McTavish's the captain's cheek following his {{Grand Romantic Gesture}}]]. She's terrified the act will scare him away.
** McTavish... while the officers McTavish has an Oh Crap moment before they are planning their recreation plans for their stay in due to return to their home port of Cleveland, Cleveland for a brief stay. While the officers talk about their plans for their time off, McTavish talks of the announces his plans to work that will have on upgrades to be done on the ship... and he boat. He then realizes he he's just left the door wide open for one of the other men to swoop in and sweep Clara off her feet.feet by showing her a good time in the city.



*** Also becomes a Break the Cutie moment when she realizes that [[spoiler:Captain McTavish may be the next corpse to come ashore]].

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*** Also becomes a Break the Cutie moment when she realizes that [[spoiler:Captain McTavish [[spoiler:the captain's body may be the next corpse to come ashore]].
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* {{Feminine Women Can Cook}}: Enforced and mildly subverted. Clara Grace is a decent enough cook, but she hates cooking. Especially for a crew of eighteen men who are constantly judging her work.
** She gets better as the story progresses, though, and almost views her job as a way to care for men who have no one else to care for them.


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* {{Through His Stomach}}: Subverted, inverted, and later enforced. His officers and crew love the meals she makes for them, but McTavish is loathe to admit that Clara is a very good cook. "Adequate," is the word he initially uses to describe her cooking. His estimation of her skill improves as the story (and their relationship) progresses.
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*** It is stated that the boat's primitive nature is one of the biggest reasons Captain McTavish and his crew loved sailing her. The ship spoke to their primal nature.

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*** It is stated that the boat's primitive nature is one of the biggest reasons Captain McTavish and his crew loved sailing her. The ship spoke to their own primal nature.



** Miller's exasperation at the possibility of the men fraternizing with each other. {{It Makes Sense in Context.}}

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** Miller's exasperation at the possibility of the men fraternizing with each other. {{It Makes Sense in Context.}}Context}}.
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* {{Curb Stomp Battle}}: McTavish's savage beatdown of [[spoiler:Eli]] results in [[spoiler:a broken jaw, broken nose, and Eli's being dumped from the boat in Buffalo]]. Also directly leads to [[spoiler:Eli's spiteful order to overload the boat just before the last critical trip of the season]].

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* {{Curb Stomp Battle}}: McTavish's savage beatdown of [[spoiler:Eli]] results in [[spoiler:a broken jaw, broken nose, a mouthful of busted teeth, and Eli's being dumped from the boat in Buffalo]]. Also directly leads to [[spoiler:Eli's spiteful order to overload the boat just before the last critical trip of the season]].



** Miller's exasperation at the possibility of the men fraternizing with each other.

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** Miller's exasperation at the possibility of the men fraternizing with each other. {{It Makes Sense in Context.}}
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* {{Anyone Can Die}}: And boy do we mean ANYONE.

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* {{Anyone Can Die}}: And boy howdy do we mean ANYONE.



* {{Banging for Help}}: When [[spoiler:the Old Man dies]], Clara bangs on the galley bell to attract the crew's attention.

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* {{Banging for Help}}: When [[spoiler:the Old Man [[spoiler:Old Mr. Carew dies]], Clara bangs on the galley bell to attract the crew's attention.



** Everyone, even McTavish, is terrified of Flora Miller.

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** Everyone, even including Captain McTavish, is terrified of Flora Miller.



* {{The Captain}}: William McTavish, 40-ish decorated veteran of the Royal Navy who came to America at the request of Cleveland Transport to run their sole "salty," the ''SS Longhope''.

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* {{The Captain}}: William McTavish, 40-ish a 40-ish, decorated veteran of the Royal Navy who came to America at the request of Cleveland Transport to run their sole "salty," the ''SS Longhope''.



** She's temperamental at best, with cargo hatches that refuse to close, a Chadburn (engine order telegraph) that rarely works, Spartan crew accommodations, and a crew shower that spews only cold water.

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** She's temperamental at best, with cargo hatches that refuse to close, a Chadburn (engine order telegraph) that rarely works, Spartan crew accommodations, and a crew shower that spews only cold water.water among other things. Given the time period, it's likely the ship owners bribed the inspectors to deem it seaworthy.



*** It is stated that the boat's primitive nature is one of the biggest reasons Captain McTavish and his crew loved sailing her.

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*** It is stated that the boat's primitive nature is one of the biggest reasons Captain McTavish and his crew loved sailing her. The ship spoke to their primal nature.



* {{Deliberate Values Dissonance}}: Invoked hard.

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* {{Deliberate Values Dissonance}}: Invoked Enforced hard.



* {{Jerkass With A Heart of Gold}}: McTavish. All he wants is to do his job and get through life as easily as possible. His plan comes to a screeching halt when he's forced to accept a beautiful young woman as the ship's cook. Believing she is a distraction to the crew, he is not nice to her.

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** Old Mr. Carew, the Steward, had plenty of jerkass moments as well. But being old, he was allowed.
* {{Jerkass With A Heart of Gold}}: McTavish. All he wants is to do his job and get through life with as easily little drama as possible. His plan comes to a screeching halt when he's forced to accept a beautiful young woman as the ship's cook. Believing she is a distraction to the crew, he is not nice to her.



* {{Orphans Ordeal}}: Clara Grace was orphaned at age 6 and makes occasional references to her deceased parents.
** The death of [[spoiler:Old Man Carew]] hits her hard-- not because he was particularly nice to her, but because his death brings back memories of her loss.

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* {{Orphans Ordeal}}: Clara Grace was orphaned at age 6 and makes occasional references to her deceased parents.
parents and to her lonely life as the outcast of the orphanage where she was raised.
** The death of [[spoiler:Old Man Carew]] hits her hard-- not because he was particularly nice to her, but because his death brings back memories of the loss of her loss.parents.
* {{Platonic Life Partners}}: Clara and Jimmy. She even helps him write a marriage proposal to his sweetheart back home.



** Any of the boardinghouses and waterfront dives frequented by the ''Longhope'' crew.



* {{Thinks Like a Romance Novel}}: Clara, who believes Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters to be the Great Triumvirate of English authors. Even goes so far as to accuse McTavish of secretly having an insane wife (insane because, of course he'd ''driven'' her insane) hidden away somewhere in Scotland.

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* {{Thinks Like a Romance Novel}}: Clara, who believes Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters to be the Great Triumvirate of English authors. Even She even goes so far as to accuse McTavish of secretly having an insane wife (insane because, of course he'd ''driven'' her insane) hidden away somewhere in Scotland.
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* {{Nightmare Fuel}}: The bodies, dear God, the bodies that are flung ashore after the storm. Described as "frozen and blue, their faces contorted with the pain of death."


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* {{Squick}}: Several:
** The rat in the pantry. Actually, [[spoiler: what's left of it when McTavish is done clobbering it]].
** Eli Filch, in general. A filthy, leering, rotten-mouthed pig of a young man who knows he can get away with just about anything. One glance from him leaves Clara Grace feeling like she needs a shower... only he would probably be watching.
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