- Jacob Faithful (1834) is a novel by Captain Frederick Marryat. Much of the action takes place on lighters in the Port of London, traveling up and down the tidal Thames. Jacob loses both his parents in dramatic circumstances, and is brought up by the owner of the wharf where Jacob's family lighter was based. There is another old lighterman, Tom, with a son, also Tom, and a dog, also Tom, and Jacob becomes very friendly with this trio. Another major character is the schoolmaster, or dominie, who kept the school Jacob was sent to, and who had some very dominating habits, such as loudly blowing his nose, and constantly adding dog-Latin tags to his every speech.