Literature / The Captain's Wife

The Captain's Wife 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 while she continually conducted a power struggle with the first mate Keeler. It serves the purpose of remembering a woman who ought to be remembered.