I am trying to recall a classic novel I read a little while ago, but am having trouble identifying it. There was a scene in it where a man convicted of a crime escaped prison, was recaptured, and then escaped again while rescuing men from (I think) a wrecked ship during a storm. The prisoner was required to wear a red cap to identify himself as a prisoner, and the cap was blown off during the rescue.
It was a novel by a well-known author of classic literature, so most likely before the 20th Century.
Benton County Washington
'Red Cap' is a historical fiction book, first published by G. Clifton Wisler in 1991.