The Captain's Wife by Douglas Kelley
A Novel

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Mary's story begins in July 1856 in the heyday of the great clipper ships. Her husband, Captain Joshua Patten, is hired to navigate Neptune's Car on a treacherous voyage from New York to San Francisco-in record time.

The trip is marked by dark signs early on. The first mate shows traces of treason that soon erupt into a plot of mutiny. Upon reaching the equator, the captain falls ill. With no other choice, Mary takes command of the ship. Her command reigns throughout not only the most treacherous passage, Cape Horn, but during the most devastating weather in years. Having learned to navigate on a previous voyage with her husband, she now must utilize all her skills as she demands respect from an unstable crew, nurses her husband day and night, keeps the mutinous first mate at bay, and finds as she becomes a captain, she will also become a mother.

Doug Kelley has crafted a brilliant novel that uses the little-known facts about Mary Patten's life to tell a gripping tale of deception, danger, and treachery on the high seas. In a world of discovery, when adventurous sea captains ruled the seas, Mary Patten became much more than a captain's wife.

About Douglas Kelley

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The Captain's Wife" is Douglas Kelley's first novel.
Published September 1, 2001 by Dutton Adult. 304 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Unlike the recent Ahab's Wife, which evokes a fictional female seafarer with great literary ingenuity and even greater literary license, this tale rarely wanders far from historical accounts of the real-life heroine, who became something of an icon of the early women's rights movement.

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