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"The King and his men stole the queen from her bed. And bound her in her bones. The seas be ours, and by the powers. Where we will...we'll roam."
―Cabin Boy[src]

This child worked as a cabin boy around the time when Lord Cutler Beckett attempted to eradicate piracy on the Seven Seas. The Cabin Boy was one of many persons associated with pirates that were executed at Fort Charles. Before he was hanged, the Cabin Boy sung Hoist the Colors, which ultimately resulted in the fourth meeting of the Brethren Court, and the defeat of Lord Beckett.


Early life[]

Not much is known of this boy's life, only that he became a cabin boy at a young age. At some point, the cabin boy was imprisoned and sentenced for execution by the East India Trading Company under strict statutes introduced by Lord Cutler Beckett. He was brought to Fort Charles in Port Royal, and lined up to be hanged at the gallows in the central courtyard.[2] Prior to this, the boy had obtained a piece of eight, which resonated with the call put forth by Hector Barbossa to rally the Brethren Court at Shipwreck Cove.[3]

The cabin boy at the gallows.

While awaiting his time to hang, the boy began mournfully singing Hoist the Colors as the Executioner found a crate for him to stand on, in order to reach the noose. The song was picked up by the entire assembly of prisoners, but the boy, however, was duly executed along with the many prisoners, dropping his coin to the ground.[2]


Despite all the advantages of the EITC, Hoist the Colors, the song sung by the boy at the gallows, ultimately resulted in the fourth meeting of the Brethren Court and the ultimate defeat of Lord Cutler Beckett aboard the HMS Endeavour at the cannons of the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman, indirectly avenging the deaths of the boy and his fellows.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

  • The Cabin Boy was played by Brendyn Bell in At World's End.
  • In the revision screenplay draft of At World's End, the Cabin Boy was described to must have been put directly on the gallows, instead of having the Executioner bringing a barrel to him in order to reach the noose.
  • It was never explicitly clear on if the Cabin Boy was a pirate or simply associated with them. However, it is possible that he was only associated with pirates, as promotions for On Stranger Tides state that Robbie Kay was the first kid to portray a pirate in the series.


Notes and references[]

  1. Estimasion based on Brendyn Bell's age during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and the fact that AWE takes place in the 1720s.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide, p88-89: "Shipwreck Island"