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Bo'sun Blaming Ragetti and Pintel.jpg


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Around the 1690s or the 1700s[1]


First Mate

Weapon(s) owned

Fire whip

Ship(s) captained or crewed

Black Pearl
Cursed crew's pirate ship
Cursed crew's merchant ship


Attack on Port Royal
Destruction of the Interceptor
Battle of the Isla de Muerta


Hector Barbossa
Cursed crew

Behind the scenes
First appearance

The Curse of the Black Pearl

Latest appearance

The Curse of the Black Pearl


Isaac C. Singleton Jr.
Beau Billingslea (voice)
Fred Tatasciore (voice)


"Enough! Bo'sun, get down there and finish this."
Hector Barbossa to Bo'sun[src]

Bo'sun was a pirate who served as a member of the cursed crew aboard the Black Pearl under the command of Captain Hector Barbossa. When he was part of Barbossa's crew, Bo'sun served as the Boatswain and First Mate. He later fought against the British Royal Navy at the Battle of Isla de Muerta, in which thanks to Will Turner, the Curse of the Aztec Gold was broken and he recovered his human form along the other members of the crew.

Following Barbossa's first death at Isla de Muerta, Bo'sun and some other members of the Black Pearls former crew became cursed once more, so Bo'sun became the crew's new captain and after acquiring a ship, he led an expedition to Mexico to find further amounts of Aztec Gold. However, both Turner and Captain Jack Sparrow appeared on scene and frustrated Bo'sun's plans, and left him and his men abandoned at sea.



"And it's you who brought us here in the first place."
―Bo'sun to Hector Barbossa[src]

Bo'sun in Isla de Muerta.

Not much is known about Bo'sun's past, though it is possible that he was a slave before he joined the pirates.[2] Bo'sun presumably served aboard the Pearl while it was under Jack Sparrow's ownership, and would thus have participated in the mutiny led by Barbossa that saw Jack marooned on a desert island. Sometime after, the remaining crewmembers of the Black Pearl fell under the curse of the treasure of Hernán Cortés, and became an undead creature.[3]

Under the curse[]

"I am here to negotiate..."
"You will speak when spoken to."
"And ye not lay a hand on those under the protection of parley."
"Aye, sir.
Elizabeth Swann, Bo'sun, and Hector Barbossa[src]

Bo'sun remained as Barbossa's first mate for many years to come, though he seemed to harbor some doubts about his Captain's abilities. When it transpired that Elizabeth Swann was not the offspring of Bootstrap Bill Turner, and thus her blood could not be used to lift the curse, Bo'sun added his voice to the naysayers challenging Barbossa's status as leader of the pirates. However, when the pirates learned of Swann's escape, Bo'sun immediately took charge, ordering the men to find their missing oars. He was also the one who slapped Elizabeth Swann when she invoked the right of parley. He later participated in the battle against the HMS Interceptor, after locking Jack Sparrow in the Pearl's brig. During the battle aboard the HMS Dauntless, Bo'sun was among the pirates walking underwater for the sneak attack on the ship. During this battle, British Navy officer Gillette tossed a pulley at him and missed, instead hitting Ragetti knocking out his wooden eye. When the curse was broken, he surrendered, but survived long enough to evade the clutches of the British Royal Navy.[3]

Bo'sun during the attack on the HMS Dauntless.

Revenge of the pirates[]

"The power of the idol is flowing into me! I feel invincible!"

The crew became cursed once more following Barbossa's death, with Bo'sun leading a mission with Pintel and Ragetti to steal an Aztec Idol in Mexico. Bo'sun forced Will Turner to retrieve it, and used its power to augment his own power, stating he had become invincible.

However, the idol was stolen by Jack Sparrow, and Bo'sun's ship was later wrecked by Jack's crew, leaving him afloat in the Spanish seas.[4]. Bo'sun would later return at least once more to ambush Jack aboard a merchant vessel, though Sparrow and his crew sent Bo'sun and his pirates overboard, forcing them to take a long walk to shore.[5] His further fate is unknown.

Personality and traits[]

Bo'sun was a large and tall man, likely of African origin. His body was covered in ritual facial and body scarring. He was proud of his muscles and his position as Captain Hector Barbossa's First Mate at the Black Pearl and later for his position as captain from his own pirate ship. Also, he never showed any problem with hitting a woman, like Elizabeth Swann.

Behind the scenes[]

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Notes and references[]

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Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
Hector BarbossaBo'sunClubbaDog EarGrappleHawksmoorJacoby
ScarusScratchSimbakkaTwiggBootstrap Bill TurnerWeatherby
Captain: Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
Bo'sunClubbaDog EarGrappleHawksmoorJack the MonkeyJacoby