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The Captain's Wife by Douglas Kelley
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Jul 15, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

Age of the clipper ships and the competition to deliver goods to California via Cape Horn serves as the backdrop of this story based on a true story. Mary Patten is the young wife of a clipper ship captain. At 20 years of age, Mary accompanies her husband on her second long voyage. Having learned the basics of navigation, she finds her new skills put to the test when the ship is threatened by a plot of mutiny and her husband is incapacitated by a strange and debilitating medical condition while on the high seas. Mary finds herself in command of the ship along with the second mate as her top crew member. The story gives the reader an inside view of life at sea as her ship battles the elements in one of the most treacherous waterways on the globe.

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