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6th Oct '17 8:32:58 AM isolato
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** Stephen Maturin had wanted to marry Diana Villiers aboard the H.M.S. ''Shannon'' in ''The Fortune of War'', and the captain was preparing to do it (he even had the proper passages marked in the Book of Common Prayer) when he was interrupted by the imminent ship-to-ship duel with the U.S.S. ''Chesapeake''.

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** Stephen Maturin had wanted to marry Diana Villiers aboard the H.M.S. ''Shannon'' in ''The Fortune of War'', and the captain was preparing to do it (he even had the proper passages marked in the Book of Common Prayer) when he was interrupted by the imminent [[EpicShipOnShipAction ship-to-ship duel duel]] with the U.S.S. ''Chesapeake''.
28th Sep '17 4:13:00 PM isolato
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** Played straight at the end of ''The Surgeon's Mate'' when Stephen and Diana are married by William Babbington (former Aubrey's PluckyMiddie and later on [[NumberTwo trusty lieutenant]], now newly promoted to the captaincy of HMS ''Oedipus''), while crossing the English channel, having just escaped from France, thus restoring her British citizenship and allowing her to disembark in England. Turns out that Babbington is CrazyPrepared and even knows that the wedding procedure is just before the section on [[BurialAtSea burial service]] in his manual. They subsequently married again in church in a NoodleIncident between ''The Letter of Marque'' and ''The Thirteen Gun Salute'', because their first wedding was not recognized as canonical by the Catholic Church, which is a rather important point for Stephen.

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** Played straight at the end of ''The Surgeon's Mate'' when Stephen and Diana are married by William Babbington (former Aubrey's PluckyMiddie and later on [[NumberTwo trusty trusted lieutenant]], now newly promoted to the captaincy of HMS ''Oedipus''), while crossing the English channel, having just escaped from France, thus restoring her British citizenship and allowing her to disembark in England. Turns out that Babbington is CrazyPrepared and even knows that the wedding procedure is just before the section on [[BurialAtSea burial service]] in his manual. They subsequently married again in church in a NoodleIncident between ''The Letter of Marque'' and ''The Thirteen Gun Salute'', because their first wedding was not recognized as canonical by the Catholic Church, which is a rather important point for Stephen.
28th Sep '17 11:12:25 AM isolato
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* In Creator/JamesClavell's ''Literature/GaiJin'' Captain Marlowe of HMS ''Pearl'' officiates the wedding of Malcolm Struan and Angelique Richaud. Although Marlowe professes some doubts, these are related only to the fact that both Malcolm and Angelique are still legally minors ''and'' bridegroom's mother Tess Struan [[ParentalMarriageVeto expressly forbade the marriage]], so he's unsure "''if the marriage would stick''". (The novel is set in the 1860s, when both Royal Navy ship captains and British merchant navy masters still had uncontested right to perform perfectly legal weddings aboard their ships.) The wedding is then subjected to review by Admiral Ketterer, commanding officer of his squadron, who grudgingly rules the marriage legal from the Navy's point of view, as there's [[AintNoRule no mention of age limit]] in the section on weddings in the Naval Regulations. Whether Tess Truan (who wields [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney rather enormous informal]] influence in Hong Kong) would succeed in challenging its legality in civil court is still left open - and rendered moot by subsequent developments.

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* In Creator/JamesClavell's ''Literature/GaiJin'' Captain Marlowe of HMS ''Pearl'' officiates the wedding of Malcolm Struan and Angelique Richaud. Although Marlowe professes some doubts, these are related only to the fact that both Malcolm and Angelique are still legally minors ''and'' bridegroom's mother Tess Struan [[ParentalMarriageVeto expressly forbade the marriage]], so he's unsure "''if the marriage would stick''". (The novel is set in the 1860s, when both Royal Navy ship captains and British merchant navy masters still had uncontested right to perform perfectly legal weddings aboard their ships.) The wedding is then subjected to review by Admiral Ketterer, commanding officer of his squadron, who grudgingly rules the marriage legal from the Navy's point of view, as there's [[AintNoRule no mention of age limit]] in the section on weddings in the Naval Regulations. Whether Tess Truan (who wields [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney rather enormous informal]] influence informal influence]] in Hong Kong) would succeed in challenging its legality in civil court is still left open - and rendered moot by subsequent developments.
28th Sep '17 10:52:39 AM isolato
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* In Creator/JamesClavell's ''Literature/GaiJin'' Captain Marlowe of HMS ''Pearl'' officiates the wedding of Malcolm Struan and Angelique Richaud. Although Marlowe professes some doubts, these are related only to the fact that both Malcolm and Angelique are still legally minors ''and'' bridegroom's mother Tess Struan [[ParentalMarriageVeto expressly forbade the marriage]], so he's unsure "''if the marriage would stick''". (The novel is set in 1860s, when both Royal Navy ship captains and British merchant navy masters still had uncontested right to perform perfectly legal weddings aboard their ships.)

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* In Creator/JamesClavell's ''Literature/GaiJin'' Captain Marlowe of HMS ''Pearl'' officiates the wedding of Malcolm Struan and Angelique Richaud. Although Marlowe professes some doubts, these are related only to the fact that both Malcolm and Angelique are still legally minors ''and'' bridegroom's mother Tess Struan [[ParentalMarriageVeto expressly forbade the marriage]], so he's unsure "''if the marriage would stick''". (The novel is set in the 1860s, when both Royal Navy ship captains and British merchant navy masters still had uncontested right to perform perfectly legal weddings aboard their ships.)) The wedding is then subjected to review by Admiral Ketterer, commanding officer of his squadron, who grudgingly rules the marriage legal from the Navy's point of view, as there's [[AintNoRule no mention of age limit]] in the section on weddings in the Naval Regulations. Whether Tess Truan (who wields [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney rather enormous informal]] influence in Hong Kong) would succeed in challenging its legality in civil court is still left open - and rendered moot by subsequent developments.
28th Sep '17 10:25:47 AM isolato
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* The ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series has two such weddings; at the end of ''The Surgeon's Mate'', Stephen and Diana are married by his newly promoted young friend William Babbington, while crossing the English channel, having just escaped from France, thus restoring her British citizenship and allowing her to disembark in England. Later, in ''Clarissa Oakes'' Jack marries the title character, a runaway convict from Australia to one of his midshipmen, thus giving her some legal protection and eventually aiding in her pardon.
** but note that the wedding of Clarissa Oakes is actually carried out by an ordained clergyman, on a ship in British service, and so is unquestionably legal (apart from there being no reading of the banns), and the couple leave the ship soon after. The Maturin/Diana wedding is carried out as a quasi-legal expedient in time of war, and it is clear that they subsequently marry in Church, Maturin being a Catholic.

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* The ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series has two such weddings; series:
** Subverted at the end of ''HMS Surprise'' when Jack Aubrey proposed immediate marriage to Sophia - to be officiated by a parson his ship transports. She refused anyway, as she wanted a proper marriage in church and with consent of her mother.
** Stephen Maturin had wanted to marry Diana Villiers aboard the H.M.S. ''Shannon'' in ''The Fortune of War'', and the captain was preparing to do it (he even had the proper passages marked in the Book of Common Prayer) when he was interrupted by the imminent ship-to-ship duel with the U.S.S. ''Chesapeake''.
** Played straight
at the end of ''The Surgeon's Mate'', Mate'' when Stephen and Diana are married by his William Babbington (former Aubrey's PluckyMiddie and later on [[NumberTwo trusty lieutenant]], now newly promoted young friend William Babbington, to the captaincy of HMS ''Oedipus''), while crossing the English channel, having just escaped from France, thus restoring her British citizenship and allowing her to disembark in England. Later, Turns out that Babbington is CrazyPrepared and even knows that the wedding procedure is just before the section on [[BurialAtSea burial service]] in his manual. They subsequently married again in church in a NoodleIncident between ''The Letter of Marque'' and ''The Thirteen Gun Salute'', because their first wedding was not recognized as canonical by the Catholic Church, which is a rather important point for Stephen.
** In
''Clarissa Oakes'' Jack Reverend Nathaniel Martin, an unbeneficed clergyman who serves on ''Surprise'' as Maturin's assistant, marries the title character, a Clarissa Harvill (a runaway convict from Australia Australia) to Mr. Oakes, one of his Jack's midshipmen, thus giving her some legal protection and eventually aiding in her pardon.
** but note that the wedding of Clarissa Oakes is actually carried out by an ordained clergyman, on a ship in British service, and so is unquestionably legal (apart from there being no reading of the banns), and the couple leave the ship soon after. The Maturin/Diana wedding is carried out as a quasi-legal expedient in time of war, and it is clear that they subsequently marry in Church, Maturin being a Catholic.
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18th Sep '17 4:44:22 AM nighttrainfm
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** RedHerringShirt couple Kazumi and Daigo are married at sea for the fairly simple reason that their ''whole society'' has been driven from their home and is currently a wandering fleet. They opt to share Kazumi's surname, as Daigo's keeping his secret as a [[NominalImportance as a last resort]]. As a wedding gift, Hinjo promotes them both to nobility, on the basis of not being backstabbing scumbags like [[AristocratsAreEvil the entire rest of the nobility.]]

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** RedHerringShirt couple Kazumi and Daigo are married at sea for the fairly simple reason that their ''whole society'' has been driven from their home and is currently a wandering fleet. They opt to share Kazumi's surname, as Daigo's keeping his secret as a [[NominalImportance as a last resort]]. As a wedding gift, Hinjo promotes them both to nobility, on the basis of not being backstabbing scumbags like [[AristocratsAreEvil the entire rest of the nobility.]]
17th Sep '17 11:30:27 AM nighttrainfm
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* There's a ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' fanfic out there where Shepard, TheCaptain of the starship Normandy, "copes" with the stress of the Reaper invasion by "marrying" various people to each other. This includes marrying Joker ''and'' Samantha Traynor to [[SpaceshipGirl EDI]], and sending the Illusive Man an email informing him he's now married to the entire Reaper species.
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has one where the MauveShirt couple was promoted to nobility, on the basis of not being backstabbing scumbags like the entire rest of the nobility. They, unusually, went with the bride's name - the groom's name is being kept as a last line of defense.
** The ceremony was also conducted by Durkon, an actual priest (albeit a cleric of Thor).
*** They asked him to marry them rather than Hinjo (a Paladin and their ruler so also qualified for weddings) since they thought Hinjo might not like the fact that the bride was [[ShotgunWedding six weeks pregnant]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has one where the MauveShirt ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** RedHerringShirt
couple was promoted Kazumi and Daigo are married at sea for the fairly simple reason that their ''whole society'' has been driven from their home and is currently a wandering fleet. They opt to share Kazumi's surname, as Daigo's keeping his secret as a [[NominalImportance as a last resort]]. As a wedding gift, Hinjo promotes them both to nobility, on the basis of not being backstabbing scumbags like [[AristocratsAreEvil the entire rest of the nobility. They, unusually, went with the bride's name - the groom's name is being kept as a last line of defense.
nobility.]]
** The ceremony was is also conducted by Durkon, an actual priest (albeit a cleric of Thor).
*** They asked him to marry them rather than
Thor). When he asks why they didn't ask Hinjo (a (both a Paladin and their ruler ruler, so also qualified for weddings) since weddings), they thought Hinjo might not like the fact that the bride was [[ShotgunWedding six explain Kazumi is already eight weeks pregnant]] pregnant and they feared he wouldn't approve.



* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Calculon: "As a doctor and captain of this hospital ship, I now pronounce you man and wife with six months to live."

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
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Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. by Calculon: "As a doctor and captain of this hospital ship, I now pronounce you man and wife with six months to live."


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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'' ends with this, a more normal island wedding having been interrupted by the MonsterOfTheWeek.
14th Sep '17 12:27:59 PM isolato
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* In Creator/JamesClavell's ''Literature/GaiJin'' Captain Marlowe of HMS ''Pearl'' officiates the wedding of Malcolm Struan and Angelique Richaud. Although Marlowe professes some doubts, these are related only to the fact that both Malcolm and Angelique are still legally minors ''and'' bridegroom's mother Tess Struan [[ParentalMarriageVeto expressly forbade the marriage]], so he's unsure "''if the marriage would stick''". (The novel is set in 1860s, when both Royal Navy ship captains and British merchant navy masters otherwise still had uncontested right to perform perfectly legal weddings aboard their ships.)

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* In Creator/JamesClavell's ''Literature/GaiJin'' Captain Marlowe of HMS ''Pearl'' officiates the wedding of Malcolm Struan and Angelique Richaud. Although Marlowe professes some doubts, these are related only to the fact that both Malcolm and Angelique are still legally minors ''and'' bridegroom's mother Tess Struan [[ParentalMarriageVeto expressly forbade the marriage]], so he's unsure "''if the marriage would stick''". (The novel is set in 1860s, when both Royal Navy ship captains and British merchant navy masters otherwise still had uncontested right to perform perfectly legal weddings aboard their ships.)
14th Sep '17 12:16:16 PM isolato
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* In Creator/JamesClavell's ''Literature/GaiJin'' Captain Marlowe of HMS ''Pearl'' officiates the wedding of Malcolm Struan and Angelique Richaud. Although Marlowe professes some doubts, these are related only to the fact that both Malcolm and Angelique are still legally minors ''and'' bridegroom's mother Tess Struan [[ParentalMarriageVeto expressly forbade the marriage]], so he's unsure "''if the marriage would stick''". (The novel is set in 1860s, when both Royal Navy ship captains and British merchant navy masters otherwise still had uncontested right to perform perfectly legal weddings aboard their ships.)



* The original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' plays this very straight, with Captain Kirk marrying a soon-to-be-doomed couple and making mention of the "tradition" of captains marrying passengers to each other. (Of course, this is TheFuture, and he is the highest civil authority on a ship billions of miles in deep space, so it's perhaps not unnatural for him to be allowed to perform a duty like this.) Kirk's speech at the beginning of the wedding is paraphrased whenever a Federation officer officiates a wedding in later series.

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* The original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' plays this very straight, with Captain Kirk marrying a soon-to-be-doomed couple and making mention of the "tradition" tradition of captains marrying passengers to each other. (Of course, this is TheFuture, and he is the highest civil authority on a ship billions of miles in deep space, so it's perhaps not unnatural for him to be allowed to perform a duty like this.) Kirk's speech at the beginning of the wedding is paraphrased whenever a Federation officer officiates a wedding in later series.
7th Aug '17 10:11:54 AM isolato
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* In the RealLife legality of marriage performed by ship's captain varies according to the legislation of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_state flag state]] of the ship. There are some jurisdictions in which captains are not allowed to perform regular weddings, but can perform wedding in a 'case of emergency' (definition of ''emergency'' again depending on the national law - and [[FridgeLogic it can be presumed]] that in most of vehicle-related emergency situations TheCaptain would not give very high priority to someone's wedding ceremony - so the emergency most often would be the ''in articulo mortis'' LastWishMarriage when one of the spouses-to-be is dying), in some it even applies to [[TheSkyIsAnOcean captains/pilots in command of airliners]] - the logic being that they're ClosestThingWeGot to a representative of the government onboard a ship.

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* In the RealLife legality of marriage performed by ship's captain varies according to the legislation of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_state flag state]] of the ship. There are some jurisdictions in which captains are not allowed to perform regular weddings, but can perform wedding in a 'case of emergency' (definition of ''emergency'' again depending on the national law - and [[FridgeLogic it can be presumed]] that in most of vehicle-related emergency situations TheCaptain would not give very high priority to someone's wedding ceremony - so the emergency most often would be the ''in articulo mortis'' LastWishMarriage when one of the spouses-to-be is dying), in some it even applies to [[TheSkyIsAnOcean captains/pilots in command of airliners]] - the logic being that they're ClosestThingWeGot to a representative public official/representative of the government onboard a ship.
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