Captains Courageous is an 1897 vel, by Rudyard Kipling, that follows the adventures of fifteen-year-old Harvey Cheyne Jr., the spoiled son of a railroad tycoon, after he is saved from drowning by a Portuguese fisherman in the rth Atlantic. The vel originally appeared as a serialisation in McClure's, beginning with the November 1896 edition. The adventures of Harvey Chaney Jr., an arrogant and spoiled son of a railroad tycoon. Washed overboard from a transatlantic steamship and rescued by fishermen on the Grand Banks, Harvey cant persuade them to take him ashore, r convince them of his wealth. However, the captain of a passing schooner offers him a job as crew until they return to port. With other choice, Harvey accepts, and there begins a series of trials and adventures where the boy learns to adjust to his rough new life, and takes the first steps towards becoming a man.