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This is a short and obscure novel by Douglas Kelley. It is based on the true story of the gallant Mary Ann Patten, wife of Joshua Patten the captain of the clipper ship ''Neptune's Car'' in 1856. When her husband was down with sickness, and she was the only one who could navigate (having learned it as a hobby) she brought the ship around Cape Horn from New York to California with the help of Hare the second mate. All the while caring for her husband and burdened with an unborn child. All the whil she continually conducted a power struggle with the first mate Keeler. It serves the purpose of remembering a woman who ought to be remembered.

* AdventureCouple: Joshua and Mary
** As Joshua is down through most of the book it is arguably Mary and Hare. Which creates [[WillTheyOrWontThey tension]].
* BadassBookworm: Mary learned ship navigation as a hobby.
* BasedOnATrueStory: Pretty close to history interestingly enough.
* TheCaptain: Joshua, in name, Mary, in practice since he's out of comission.
* TheCaretaker: Mary to Joshua
* CourtlyLove: Mr Hare the second mate, has this toward Mary. Nothing is done about it. It's the nineteenth century.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Among other things Mary acts like a [[ProperLady proper ninteenth century lady]]. Definitely ''not'' a StrawFeminist.
* [[DeterminedHomesteadersWife Determined Sea Captains Wife]]: Mary; commanding a ship and bringing around Cape Horn is no easy feat for anyone.
* {{Determinator}}: Mary's force of will brings the crew to their destination.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''The Captain's Wife'' is about a ship captain's wife.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Joshua and Mary.
* HappilyMarried: Joshua and Mary.
* TheProtagonist: Mary Ann Patten; the book is her prespective.
* HiddenDepths: Few guessed Mary knew how to navigate or handle a first mate who didn't want to follow her lead.
* HonourBeforeReason: Why they finish the voyage instead of turning back.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Hare has UST with Mary but lets her be happy with her husband.
* JeanneDArchetype: Mary takes over from a downed superior (technically her husband but, you know, 19th century) and leads the men under her command to victory.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Mary is ready and willing to take command.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Joshua is a ship captain and a great man.
* ThePowerOfLove: Which in this case was enough to get the ship round the Horn.
* PregnantBadass: While commanding a ship and controlling a power hungry first mate, Mary was pregnant.
* TheSmartGuy: Mary (who does her job because she can navigate)
* SpiritedYoungLady: Mary is ''both'' a SpiritedYoungLady and a ProperLady.
* TeamDad: Joshua for his crew.
* TeamMom: Mary for the same crew once it's her's.
* UndyingLoyalty: Mary to Joshua; she refused to give up on him despite the circumsances.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Mary and Hare might have gotten away with [[WillTheyOrWontThey betraying]] Joshua while he was helpless. They didn't.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Mary and Hare. They ''won't''. It's not done. [[IGaveMyWord For obvious reasons]].
* YouAreInCommandNow: Mary becomes the captain once the previous is unable to.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen
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