Captain Carey

From Black Peter:

“I have a few dates here which will give the career of the dead man, Captain Peter Carey. 

He was born in ’45 — fifty years of age. He was a most daring and successful seal and whale

fisher. In 1883 he commanded the steam sealer Sea Unicorn, of Dundee.”

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Carey was also something of an archetype in the writings of ACD. An authority figure

of talent, but of unstable temperament, with a weakness for drink. In ‘The Captain of the

Polestar’ we see a similar figure in Captain Craigie who suffers severe mood-swings.

These figures all point to ACD’s father, a gentle, gifted alcoholic; a mentally unbalanced

man who haunts the writings of his son often disguised in a figure like a Carey.

These male characters appear in the stories like ghosts at one of Conan Doyle’s

 

frequent seances…

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