While the Selig company was committed to feature films by 1914, the studio still ground out two-reelers to keep the home fires burning. When His Ship Came In was a co-starring vehicle for Thomas Santschi, previously the star of Selig's The Spoilers, and Bessie Eyton. Sailor John Rawlins (Santschi) is in love with Neptuna (Eyton), daughter of a retired sea captain. She is tired of both her boyfriend and her humble surroundings, yearning to experience life to the fullest in the Big City. Once she arrives in the the huge metropolis, she lands a job at a laundry, but is soon fired and left with a penny to her name. Meanwhile, John inherits a ship from his wealthy uncle. The ship is loaded down with gunpowder, causing the nervous crewmen to balk at setting sail. While John argues with the crew, a haggard-looking Neptuna returns to town. Weary from her travels, she climbs onto John's ship and falls asleep. Thus she awakens in a "damsel in distress" situation when the disgruntled crew members set fire to the ship and set the vessel adrift. Using her inbred seafaring knowledge, Neptuna guides the burning ship back to port, where she exercises her feminine prerogative of fainting in the hero's arms.
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