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26th Feb '18 9:24:19 AM fruitstripegum
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* In ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeAndSon'', this is how Popeye and Olive ended up married - thanks to Bluto, the two of them ended up on a ship far away from the place the ceremony was to be held, so Popeye had the captain of the ship marry them.






2nd Feb '18 8:01:40 AM isolato
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The trope may have originated in the [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen Age of Sail]] when Europeans would have to travel by ship for months at a time to reach far flung colonies. A couple could meet, court, and marry all while still enroute to their destination. The real life marriages would be officiated not by the captain while at sea but instead by government officials during port calls.

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The trope may have originated in the [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen Age of Sail]] when Europeans would have to travel by ship for months at a time to reach far flung colonies. A couple could meet, court, and marry all while still enroute to their destination. The real life marriages would had to be officiated not by registered in the captain while at sea but instead by government officials during port calls.
of call, but otherwise were considered fully legal in most seafaring nations.
25th Jan '18 5:54:29 PM nombretomado
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* In the MargaretWeis/Tracy Hickman series ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', the protagonist and miscellaneous refugees are escaping a catastrophe, and two characters ask the protagonist to marry them, citing this tradition. He agrees reluctantly.

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* In the MargaretWeis/Tracy Creator/MargaretWeis[=/=]Tracy Hickman series ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', the protagonist and miscellaneous refugees are escaping a catastrophe, and two characters ask the protagonist to marry them, citing this tradition. He agrees reluctantly.
30th Dec '17 4:00:44 PM Duffan
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* Luke on ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' went on a cruise with his girlfriend Nicole. When he came back, the two were married. He explains that they got swept up in the moment (the rest of the passengers on the ship were either engaged, on the cruise to get married, or celebrating a wedding anniversary), so they had the captain marry them. They decided on a divorce before leaving the ship.
** Then a few seasons later, when he's engaged to Lorelei and realizes how much he's hurt her by putting off their wedding and tries to elope with her, he mentions that "Apparently a ship's captain can do it," as if he didn't have firsthand knowledge.
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.]]
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