After arrogant and spoiled Harvey Cheyne is taken in by a group of fisherman, he has to acclimate to life on the sea and grow in resilience and perseverance. The novel builds to a peak with Cheyne's tribulations in trying to prove himself and become an integral part of the fishing crew.
The climax of the novel occurs when the We're Here is racing to fill up its hold with fish and Cheyne is in charge of filling it. He works tirelessly and diligently, and they eventually fill up their hold faster than anyone around them, showing Cheyne's growth and his newfound success in sea life. His journey ends when they come to port in Boston and he reunites with his parents—proud of his accomplishments and confident in his abilities as he plans to head to university at Stanford.
In Captains Courageous, Harvey Cheyne is trying to prove that he is a good fisherman and that he can hold his own when it comes to being a member of the fishing crew. To that end, he is racing to fill up the boat We're Here with...
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