The Josie Lee was the very first ship Popeye ever served on when he was 12 years of age. The Josie Lee was a barkentine sailing ship where Popeye would serve alongside five mates, the captain and an unforgettable cook.
Creation and development in Thimble Theatre
The Josie Lee was created by E. C. Segar in March 1931 for King Features Syndicate's series of promotional spots called Popeye's Life Story, which contained details about Popeye's life growing up and all his personal traits. The Josie Lee was introduced as Popeye's very first ship.
Due to the obscurity and rarity of Popeye's Life Story, the Josie Lee is not very well known by the populace, with mentions of it in other media being rare or nonexistent.