The latest posts and comments on narrative and drama has drawn me back to tvtropes. I even stayed up (too late) last night working on my first contribution to the cause. It’s a very minor trope (or two), but will probably be recognizable. The one I formally submitted: Sailing is freedom!
The other idea, that came along with that one, is “married to his ship”. The Captain may have all sorts of relationships with women, but never a permanent one. That is reserved for the Enterprise/Black Pearl/Serenity/whatever.
If you have any other examples spring to mind, let me know!