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"She's going in, sir."
"Chase her down.
―Cole and Captain Toms[src]

Cole was an officer in the British Royal Navy, serving aboard the Monarch under Captain Toms during the early 1750s.


The hunt for the Ruddy Rose[]

"Lemons ward off scurvy."
"And what makes you think that?"
"I have no scurvy. But all of you do.
Henry Turner and Officer Cole[src]

In 1751, the Monarch hunted down the Ruddy Rose, a Dutch barque stolen and captained by the fearsome pirate Captain Bonnet, in the Caribbean Sea. Cole looked through a spyglass and informed Captain Toms that the Ruddy Rose was sailing into the giant cave in front of them. However, the young sailor Henry Turner, upon realizing that they were heading to the Devil's Triangle, ran to warn Captain Toms, telling him that they should avoid entering the Triangle since several ships that entered there would not come out. Cole told Turner that he would not address the captain.[3]

Cole looks at the Ruddy Rose.

Suddenly, Petty Officer Maddox, the man in charge of Henry and his shipmates in the bilge, appeared on deck. Maddox proclaimed that Henry was clearly disturbed, pulling several lemons from the boy's pockets as proof. Henry tried to defend himself, saying that lemons ward off scurvy, and Cole snidely asked Turner what made him think that. Henry replied that everyone on the ship had scurvy, except him.[4] When Henry asked the captain to change the course one more time, Cole ordered his men to lock Turner in a cell but the young sailor tried to change the course by force. He was quickly caught and locked in the brig by Maddox and a pair of Royal Marines.[3]

Wade and Cole look at the Silent Mary.

Once the Monarch entered the Devil's Triangle, First Officer Wade noticed the remains of Bonnet's Dutch barque. A moment later Cole saw an unknown ship off the starboard bow and alarmed the crew, but Wade said that the ship was just a wreck, and therefore posed no threat to the Monarch. A moment later, Captain Toms noticed that the wreck was sailing straight for the Monarch and ordered the crew to open fire. Despite the heavy cannon fire, the mysterious ship seemed to be indestructible.[3]

Cole being killed by one of Salazar's crewmen.

The terrible and ghostly Capitán Armando Salazar and his undead crew quickly appeared on the scene, annihilating the crew of the Monarch and setting fire to the ship. Cole watched in horror as his shipmates were ruthlessly slaughtered, and attempted to back away from the battle, walking backwards to the poop deck. However, he walked straight into one of Salazar's crewmen, who stabbed him in the back, killing him.[3]

Personality and traits[]

Officer Cole was a strict Royal Navy officer. He did not hesitate to order the crew to arrest Henry Turner, when the latter "ordered" Captain Toms to change the ship's course, not believing the boy's warnings about the threats that resided within the Devil's Triangle. However, Cole's first encounter with the supernatural turned out to also be his last. When Capitán Armando Salazar and his undead crew attacked the ship, Cole was too shocked to react, which cost him his life.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Cole was played by Rohan Nichol in Dead Men Tell No Tales. The character was credited as Officer Cole.
  • With Wade absent from the film's novelization, Cole is the one who notices the remains of the Ruddy Rose in the novel.
  • It's possible Cole was named after Olivia Cole, a character who appeared only in one of the earlier versions of the Dead Men Tell No Tales script.[5]


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