- "Abandon ship. Abandon ship or abandon hope."
- ―Joshamee Gibbs
Abandon ship was a term meaning to leave completely and finally, ceasing to operate or inhabit a vessel, commonly in response to an impending threat. Given as an order by a ship's officer.
History[edit | edit source]
Jack Sparrow gave his crew the order to abandon ship when the Black Pearl was attacked by the Kraken. As the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman fired upon the Endeavour, Theodore Groves gave the order to abandon ship. On another occasion, Lieutenant Gillette gave the order to abandon ship after the longboat he and his men were in was about to be crushed by the HMS Dauntless.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- "The Pearl was pitching and yawing violently. So violently we could not maneuver...could not man the cannons...so violently it actually came to my mind to give...the order. THE order! THE order! The order no man who calls himself captain ever dreams he’ll be givin’! Abandon ship."
- ―Hector Barbossa
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest when Jack Sparrow asks his crew if they think that he's not serving in their best interests as captain Cotton's parrot squawks "Walk the plank". In the film's novelization the bird squawks "ABANDON SHIP!"
- Although On Stranger Tides never showed this, the film's script revealed that Hector Barbossa had thought to give the order to abandon ship during Blackbeard's attack on the Black Pearl. However, as it was not revealed if this happened or not, it is unknown if it is canon or not.
- In Terry Rossio's original script for Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jack Sparrow would have given the order to abandon ship once the Cuttlefish, his ship, got damaged, only to discover that the ship was already empty.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War (Mentioned in flashback(s))
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)