Late 1720s, killed by the Kraken aboard the Edinburgh Trader
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- "It's not like that, sir. This ship is haunted."
- ―Bursar to Captain Bellamy
This man was a sailor who served aboard the Edinburgh Trader as the ship's bursar during the time of the East India Trading Company's appearance in Port Royal. The bursar showed a superstitious nature, as noted by Captain Bellamy.
At some unknown point likely in his early life, this man became a merchant sailor serving aboard the British merchant ship, the Edinburgh Trader, under Captain Bellamy. He would serve as bursar aboard the ship. Around 1729, the Trader left Port Royal. As it sailed out to open sea, a younger sailor found a beautiful dress on the main deck, and informed his crewmates immediately. The bursar and the quartermaster got into an argument over the dress, which they alleged to be evidence of a female spirit aboard the ship. The Quartermaster assumed it to mean the ship was haunted by a female presence. The Quartermaster spoke up to Captain Bellamy when questioned, saying that all the men had felt the presence of the spirit.  The bursar's suggested solution to the perceived ghostly threat was to throw the dress overboard, however the Quartermaster contended with this saying that such actions would only anger the spirit. Bellamy ordered them to find the stowaway who had put the dress there, and also stated that she was probably naked.
The crew searched to no avail, not uncovering the stowaway in the end. However, as the captain was in his cabin, the Quartermaster and the bursar saw the 'spirit' flying above them in the air. Unbeknownst to the fact that Elizabeth was using the dress as like a puppet, dangling it from the mast, they assumed that it was a spirit trying to give them a sign. The captain came outside along with the bursar and quartermaster, and they followed the spirit. After mistaking seaweed for a sign of entrails, they were alerted by another sailor to a message in the ground reading 'Tortuga', the name of the only free port in the area.
After picking up some new crewmen in Tortuga, the crew of the Trader picked up a man at sea, William Turner Jr., who claimed that he had seen the dress before. As the whole ship suddenly shook, the crew assumed that it was just a reef, but Bellamy was soon grabbed by a tentacle of the Kraken. The whole crew panicked, and grabbed spears and pistols to defend themselves. The Bursar assumed that the dress belonged to the Kraken, and he threw it overboard, but was soon grabbed by a tentacle.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Bursar was played by Max Baker in Dead Man's Chest.
- In revision screenplay draft of Dead Man's Chest, during the Kraken's attack on the Edinburgh Trader, the Bursar (named "Burser" for some reason), while offering Elizabeth Swann's dress to the Kraken, was to slip and fall over the Edinburgh's rail to his death.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (First appearance)
Notes and referencesEdit
|v • d • eCrew of the Edinburgh Trader|