Pirates of the Caribbean is a large franchise, and as such its films, books, video games, and comic books contain many continuity errors. Several movie mistakes and plot holes can also be found in the films.
- 1 When did the First Brethren Court imprison Calypso?
- 2 Who was the First Pirate King?
- 3 Jack Sparrow's sword
- 4 Jack the Sparrow
- 5 When did Jack Sparrow become a pirate captain?
- 6 Who killed Armando Salazar's father?
- 7 How did Salazar learn Jack Sparrow's name?
- 8 Pirate Lordships
- 9 First meetings
- 10 When did Bootstrap Bill Turner serve aboard the Wicked Wench?
- 11 Where was Will Turner born and raised?
- 12 Where is Barbossa?
- 13 Ragetti's right eye
- 14 Jack Sparrow's hat
- 15 Jack Sparrow's waist sash
- 16 How old was Will Turner when the Dauntless saved him?
- 17 The Union Jack
- 18 Invisible fort
- 19 Skeletal pirates in Port Royal
- 20 Ship details
- 20.1 The Wicked Wench's figurehead
- 20.2 The Black Pearl's steering wheel
- 20.3 The Union Jack on the HMS Dauntless
- 20.4 The Dauntless' mizzenmast
- 20.5 The Interceptor's flags
- 20.6 The Interceptor's spanker
- 20.7 The Interceptor's multiple foremasts
- 20.8 The Black Pearl's stern
- 20.9 The Black Pearl's vanishing deck
- 20.10 The Edinburgh Trader's sails
- 20.11 The Black Pearl's windows
- 20.12 The Black Pearl's sails
- 20.13 The Jolly Roger on the Troubadour
- 20.14 The Flying Dutchman's mizzenmast's lateen sail
- 20.15 The Union Jack on the HMS Providence
- 20.16 The Flying Dutchman in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- 20.17 The Jolly Roger on the Ruddy Rose
- 20.18 The Jolly Roger on the Black Pearl
- 20.19 Bowsprit's top
- 20.20 The stern of the Queen Anne's Revenge
- 20.21 The Black Pearl's crow's nest
- 21 Jack Sparrow's curse of the Aztec gold
- 22 How did Norrington know who made his sword?
- 23 The sand beach
- 24 Jack the monkey on Deil's Anvil
- 25 Two governors of Tortuga?
- 26 Pintel and Ragetti aboard the Black Pearl during Norrington's chase
- 27 The spirits of Henry Morgan and Blackbeard
- 28 Jack Sparrow's compass
- 29 What was Elizabeth's plan?
- 30 How did Pintel and Ragetti refloat the Black Pearl?
- 31 What was the purpose of Tia Dalma's jar of dirt?
- 32 Why did the Kraken attack the Black Pearl?
- 33 Wrong direction
- 34 Norrington the privateer
- 35 How did Cutler Beckett not know the names of the Pirate Lords?
- 36 The Devil's Throat
- 37 Who summoned the Fourth Brethren Court?
- 38 Sri Sumbhajee's voice
- 39 Young Will Turner or Henry Turner?
- 40 The location of the Fountain of Youth
- 41 How did Jack Sparrow not recognize a zombie?
- 42 Philip Swift or Philip Le Blanc?
- 43 Where was Philip Swift captured?
- 44 Blackbeard's ships in bottles
- 45 How much time has passed between the events of On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales?
- 46 Bootstrap Bill Turner's fate
- 47 How much time has passed between Henry Turner's meeting with Will Turner aboard the Flying Dutchman and the Battle in the Devil's Triangle?
- 48 Henry Turner's sleeves
- 49 The Curse of the Devil's Triangle
- 50 One man to tell the tale
- 51 How did Scrum end up in Jack Sparrow's crew?
- 52 Why didn't Jack Sparrow pay for the rum with gold?
- 53 How long was Armando Salazar trapped in the Devil's Triangle?
- 54 Carina Smyth's hanging rope
- 55 The Wicked Wench
- 56 Gibbs' pistol during the mutiny on the Dying Gull
- 57 Barbossa's crew hangs from nothing
- 58 How did John Scarfield instantly know the Black Pearl was a pirate ship?
- 59 Barbossa, the Sword of Triton, and the crutch
- 60 The Trident of Poseidon
- 61 See also
- 62 Notes and references
When did the First Brethren Court imprison Calypso?
According to The Pirates'
Code Guidelines, a book which was allegedly written by Joshamee Gibbs, the first meting of the Brethren Court, during which the nine Pirate Lords bound the sea goddess Calypso in the human form of Tia Dalma, occurred "in the days before the great Hellenic society of Grece was founded". However, many things associated with the First Brethren Court indicate that the meeting occured at a much later date. The Nine Pieces of Eight were named after the Spanish dollar which was first minted after a Spanish currency reform in 1497. Mistress Ching's piece of eight is a pair of spectacles, and the first eyeglasses were invented in Italy at the end of the 13th century. Capitaine Chevalle's piece of eight was a Queen of Spades playing card. The first "court cards" (with queens and kings) originated in Italy in the late 14th century. Davy Jones, who showed the First Brethren Court how to bind Calypso, captains the Flying Dutchman, an early 17th century galleon, and Bootstrap Bill Turner confirms that the Dutchman was the ship used by Davy Jones to ferry the souls of those who died at sea to the afterlife before he abandoned his duty.
Possible explanation - the First Court occurred in the early 17th century but the whole event is sort of a myth among the pirates and many details of the story are false or exaggerated. The Pirate Lords of the Second Court were not the original ones but their successors who had only fragmentary knowledge about the First Court. Due to Calypso being featured in Greek mythology the Lords of the Second Court thought the First Court was set in ancient Greece. Gibbs heard this story and wrote it into his book because he belived it was true.
Who was the First Pirate King?
In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End the French Pirate Lord Chevalle explains that there was only one Pirate King of the Brethren Court before the election of Elizabeth Swann. In Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow the infamous pirate captain Stone-Eyed Sam is called the Pirate King of Isla Esquelética several times, but none of the other materials explain if he is also supposed to be first Pirate King of the Brethren Court.
Jack Sparrow's sword
Jack the Sparrow
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the undead Spanish Royal Navy officer Capitán Armando Salazar recounts the story of his downfall to the imprisoned pirate Hector Barbossa. According to Salazar, a young pirate aboard the Wicked Wench mocked him, provocatively hoisting the black pirate flag, and with that act of defiance earned himself the name "Jack the Sparrow". However, Jack was already known as Jack Sparrow since his teenage adventures in Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow, a few years before the flashback scene in Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Possible explanation - since Salazar wasn't personally aboard the Wench he couldn't know what exactly happened there and the story he told Barbossa's is just Salazar's misinterpreted version of a story which he heard from someone else.
When did Jack Sparrow become a pirate captain?
The flashback scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales shows 18-year-old Jack Sparrow taking command of the Wicked Wench and causing the downfall of the Spanish pirate hunter Armando Salazar. After the battle the surviving pirates give him a tribute, accepting him as their leader and captain. However, in his next chronological appearance, in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom, 20-year-old Jack is just an ordinary deckhand aboard Captain Teague's ship, the Troubadour.
Possible explanation - at some point after the battle Jack lost his captaincy and the Wicked Wench and had to join Edward Teague's crew.
Who killed Armando Salazar's father?
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Capitán Armando Salazar explains to Hector Barbossa that pirates took the life of his father and his father before him, causing him to join the Spanish Navy and eventually become a ruthless pirate hunter. However, the Dead Men Tell No Tales novelization explains that Salazar himself killed his father for taking bribe from pirates and disgracing their family. Jerry Bruckheimer further confirmed that pirates corrupted Salazar's father.
Possible explanation - Salazar did personally kill his father, but blamed his drive to do so on the pirates his father had taken bribes from and they were thus the cause of his father's death.
How did Salazar learn Jack Sparrow's name?
According to Armando Salazar the young Jack Sparrow earned his name with his act of defiance to the cruel Spanish officer. Following the sinking of the Silent Mary Salazar and his crew remained trapped in the Devil's Triangle for several decades, with literally no contact with the outside world. At the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the Monarch sails into the Triangle, the ghostly Spaniards attack the ship, slaughter its crew, and find Henry Turner locked in the brig below deck. When Salazar sees Henry's wanted posters scattered across the floor he instantly recognizes Jack Sparrow's name. However, none of the DMTNT materials explain how Salazar learned Jack's name in the first place.
Possible explanation - while Salazar was trapped in the Triangle several ships sailed inside, where their crews were captured by the ghosts and interrogated about the events leading to Salazar's death and imprisonment.
According to The Pirates'
Code Guidelines, each Pirate Lord names his or her successor to the Brethren Court. The Pirates of the Caribbean Online lore explains that Jack Sparrow inherited the seat in the Court when his father, Captain Teague, left the Court. In Legends of the Brethren Court: Rising in the East Hector Barbossa mentions that Jack became the Pirate Lord the same way that Liang Dao did, by inheriting the title from his father. However, Jack counters that statement by claiming that the story of his Pirate Lordship is complicated.
Another problem is Jack's territory. All the materials show Jack as the Lord of the Caribbean, but his father, Captain Teague, was the Lord of Madagascar. Jack's predecessor in the Caribbean, Lady Esmeralda, inherited the title from her grandfather, Don Rafael, and her fate following her first and only appearance is unknown.
According to The Pirates'
Code Guidelines, Wild Waters, and The Price of Freedom Captain Teague is the Keeper of the Code and the Pirate Lord of Madagascar. However, the "Inside the Brethren Court" featurette from the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End DVD reveals the Pirate Lords' titles were based on the seas on which they hailed. Madagascar is not a body of water but an island. Also, in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, during the Fourth Brethren Court Hector Barbossa asks the assembled Pirate Lords to show their Pieces of Eight to confirm their lordship and right to heard. None of the POTC materials explain what was Teague's Piece of Eight supposed to be, or if he even had one.
The "Inside the Brethren Court" featurette from the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End DVD implies that Hector Barbossa became the Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea after his first mutiny on the Black Pearl. However, Barbossa received his Piece of Eight from the previous Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea, Boris "Borya" Palachnik, approximately eight years before the mutiny, in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom.
At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court: Wild Waters Jack Sparrow admits he has no idea who the current Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea is supposed to be, even though he saw Barbossa in possession of Boris Palachnik's Piece of Eight approximately six years earlier, in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom. In the same scene, when Jack mocks the unnamed Pirate Lord, Barbossa furiously glares at Jack, implying that he already is the Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea, but he prefers to keep his status a secret for the time being.
According to the "Inside the Brethren Court" featurette from the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End DVD Sao Feng inherited his Piece of Eight and Pirate Lordship from his father. However, in Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court: Rising in the East, Feng took the Piece of Eight from his older brother Liang Dao who inherited the title from their father.
Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom one of the flashback scenes shows the Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court magically summoning Davy Jones aboard Captain Teague's ship, the Troubadour. When Jones appears on the Troubadour's gun deck both he and Jack Sparrow act like they've never seen each other before. Before Jones appears Jack even tells his lady friend Esmeralda that he has never seen Jones before. However, their first meeting occured a few years earlier, at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow: City of Gold.
Hector Barbossa and Edward Teague
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court: Wild Waters when Jack Sparrow brings his crew to Libertalia they encounter Jack's father, Captain Teague, who invites them to his home. Neither Teague nor Hector Barbossa make any sign of recognizing each other, even though they met for the first time approximately six years earlier in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom.
Jack Sparrow and Joshamee Gibbs
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, when Gibbs tells Will Turner the story of Hector Barbossa's mutiny on the Black Pearl he explains the mutiny occured before he met Jack Sparrow. However, according to Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow: Sins of the Father Gibbs was a friend of Jack Sparrow's family for many years, and he knew Jack since he was a little boy.
Possible explanation - Gibbs was lying to Will because he didn't want a stranger to know his secrets.
When did Bootstrap Bill Turner serve aboard the Wicked Wench?
Zizzle's "Bootstrap Bill Turner" toy figure describes Bill Turner as "Former crew member of the Wicked Wench and the Black Pearl". The Black Pearl appears as the Wicked Wench in The Price of Freedom and Dead Men Tell No Tales but no sailor aboard the ship was ever identified as Bill Turner.
Where was Will Turner born and raised?
The description of Zizzle's "Final Battle Will Turner" toy figure gives Glasgow, Scotland, as Will Turner's place of origin. However, in Legends of the Brethren Court: The Caribbean when Billy Turner encounters Jack Sparrow in Tortuga he mentions that his wife and recently born baby boy William are living in North Carolina. In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Will tells to Jack Sparrow that his mother raised him in England.
Where is Barbossa?
The short comic The Island of Fortune shows Jack Sparrow and his crew sailing across the Arabian Sea after the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court but before Hector Barbossa's first mutiny on the Black Pearl. However, Barbossa, who is supposed to be Jack's first mate during that time, does not appear in the comic.
Ragetti's right eye
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Six Sea Shanties: Strangers Bearing Gifts - A Tale of the Black Pearl Ragetti loses his right eye when Pintel accidentally stabs him in the eye socket when Barbossa's cursed crew has to fight against an army of souls led by the Greek demigod Palaimon. However, Ragetti was already one-eyed at least five years earlier, during the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom.
Jack Sparrow's hat
According to the "Inside the Brethren Court" featurette from the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End DVD the silver coin in Jack Sparrow's Piece of Eight was one of the first two bits he ever pirated, and he bought his famous hat with the second bit. However, the flashback scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales shows the young Jack receiving the hat as a tribute from the pirate crew of the Wicked Wench.
Jack Sparrow's waist sash
In the prequel novel Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom Princess Amenirdis of Zerzura gives Jack Sparrow a white and red waist sash, enchanted with spells of protection to keep him safe on his journeys across the Seven Seas. However, the flashback scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales shows the young Jack receiving the sash approximately seven years earlier as a tribute from the pirate crew of the Wicked Wench.
How old was Will Turner when the Dauntless saved him?
According to Irene Trimble's The Curse of the Black Pearl novelization William Turner was twelve years old when the crew of the HMS Dauntless saved him on the open sea following the destruction of the Princess at the hands of Hector Barbossa's cursed crew. However, Trimble's Dead Man's Chest novelization states that Will was ten years old when the Dauntless saved him.
The Union Jack
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl the Union Jack displayed in Fort Charles is the historically accurate version of the flag, the combination of flags of England and Scotland. In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides the Royal Navy frigate HMS Providence flies the 19th century version of the Union Jack, with Saint Patrick's Cross, the symbol of Ireland, embedded on it. In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the British forces once again use the historically accurate 18th century version of the flag, without Saint Patrick's Cross.
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl right after Jack Sparrow's arrest at John Brown's blacksmith shop there's a shot of the Navy dock with the HMS Interceptor and Fort Charles in the background. When Jack and Will Turner arrive at the same place the next morning Fort Charles is missing.
Skeletal pirates in Port Royal
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, during the attack on Port Royal Koehler and Twigg break into the Fort Charles prison, searching for the armory, but finding Jack Sparrow instead. When Jack tells them to worry about their own fortunes because the deepest circle of Hell is reserved for betrayers and mutineers, Koehler grabs Jack's neck, putting his arm under the rays of moonlight which magically transforms the arm into its undead skeletal form, revealing that the curse of the Aztec Gold is real. Consequently, at the same time all the cursed pirates in Port Royal and aboard the Black Pearl should have transformed into skeletons, since they were exposed to the same moonlight. However, after the battle none of the soldiers or civilians make any mention of pirates turning into living skeletons.
The Wicked Wench's figurehead
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom following the sinking of Jack Sparrow's ship, the Wicked Wench, Jack ends up in the realm of the dead where he makes a deal with Davy Jones, the supernatural lord of the sea. Jones resurrects Jack and his ship, leaving them both in Tortuga. In exchange, Jack promises Jones one hundred years of service aboard Jones' ship, the Flying Dutchman, after thirteen years of captaincy on the resurrected Wench. In accordance with Jack's instructions Jones heavily arms the Wench, but on his own he also supplies the ship with a beautiful figurehead, a graceful black angel holding a black dove in her left hand, something which the Wench originally didn't have. However, the flashback scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales shows the same figurehead on the Wench's bowsprit at least seven years before Jack made a deal with Jones.
The Black Pearl's steering wheel
In the first four movies the Black Pearl's steering wheel faced forward, with the drum at the back, so everyone wanting to steer the ship had to stand either to the left of the wheel or to the right of it. In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the wheel was turned around, facing the back, and the helmsman could stand directly behind the wheel.
The Union Jack on the HMS Dauntless
At the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, right after James Norrington says "a short drop and a sudden stop", the Union Jack can be seen flying from the ship's bowsprit. The flag does not appear in any other scene where the bowsprit is shown.
The Dauntless' mizzenmast
When Elizabeth Swann retreats to the Dauntless' quarterdeck to examine Will Turner's gold medallion the mainmast and the foremast can be seen, but the mizzenmast is missing. A few seconds later, right when Elizabeth looks at the medallion, the mizzenmast can be seen behind her.
The Interceptor's flags
When the Interceptor sails into the Tortuga harbour the ship is flying both of its Royal Navy flags, the Blue Ensign and the blue commissioning pennant. The next morning, when Jack Sparrow and Will Turner inspect their crew, the flags are missing. When the Interceptor sails through the storm the flags are back in their places.
Possible explanation - Jack and Will lowered the flags while the Interceptor was docked because they didn't want the pirates of Tortuga to confuse the ship for a Royal Navy vessel.
The Interceptor's spanker
During the chase on the open sea the Interceptor's spanker sail on the mainmast is sometimes furled and sometimes unfurled.
The Interceptor's multiple foremasts
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, during the battle between the HMS Interceptor and the Black Pearl, Pintel and Ragetti fire a chain shot at the naval vessel, breaking its foremast and causing it to fall on the Pearl's main deck. However, a few moments later, right after Marty fires from a swivel gun, when Barbossa's pirates swing aboard the Interceptor, the foremast can be seen standing intact, with ANOTHER, broken foremast connecting the Interceptor and the Pearl.
The Black Pearl's stern
During the battle between the HMS Interceptor and the Black Pearl, when Jack Sparrow attempts to swing aboard the Interceptor, the Pearl's quarter gallery and everything below it are missing. The clearly visible metal constructions below the quarter deck show that the Pearl is just a prop.
The Black Pearl's vanishing deck
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl the majority of the cursed crew walks on the ocean floor to reach and attack the HMS Dauntless but Mallot and Grapple remain behind to guard the Black Pearl. When Elizabeth Swann boards the Pearl Mallot and Grapple are sitting on the Pearl's gun deck, discussing what should they eat first when the curse of the Aztec gold is lifted. When they notice Elizabeth she runs down onto the deck below the main deck and hides. Mallot and Grapple run up the stairs onto the same deck and then proceed to the main deck. In all other movies the middle deck between the main deck and the gun deck is missing.
The Edinburgh Trader's sails
- When the Edinburgh Trader sails through the night, right before Captain Bellamy complains about port tariffs, almost all of the ship's sails are unfurled, filled with wind. Only the spanker sail on the mizzenmast is furled. Elizabeth Swann then uses her wedding dress to convince the crew the ship is haunted. When Bellamy and two other crewmembers look over the starboard rail the spanker sail is unfurled. When Elizabeth slides down the rope the main topsail (the middle sail on the mainmast) is furled, but it was unfurled just a few moments earlier.
- When the Edinburgh Trader picks up Will Turner on the open sea all of the ship's sails are unfurled. When the Kraken attacks the ship the topgallant sails on all three masts are furled. When the Kraken breaks the mainmast the course (the lowermost sail on a mast) on the foremast is also furled.
The Black Pearl's windows
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest when the Black Pearl attempts to flee from the Flying Dutchman the crew of the Dutchman opens fire and one of the shots destroys the stern windows on the Pearl's quarter gallery. A few seconds later, right after Pintel kisses the port rail and says "Go on, me darling! Show us what you've got!" the windows are INTACT. When the Kraken attacks the ship and one of its tentacles drags Elizabeth Swann into the captain's cabin the windows are once again broken.
- In the first four films the Pearl has nine windows on its quarter gallery, three on the port (left) side, three on the starboard (right) side, and three on the back of the ship. There are also two decorative plates with the windows on the back of the ship, one to the left and one to the right. In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the plates are replaced with more windows, making the total number of windows eleven.
The Black Pearl's sails
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl the Black Pearl's mizzenmast is completely square-rigged. However, in all other films the Pearl's mizzenmast carries one lateen sail and one square topsail.
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl the Pearl carries one jib (the triangular sail between the foremast and the bowsprit). In all other films the Pearl carries two jibs.
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest when the Black Pearl escapes from the Flying Dutchman its main staysail (the lowest triangular sail between the foremast and the mainmast) is furled. When Jack Sparrow rows away in a longboat during the Kraken's attack he looks at the ship and the staysail is UNFURLED. Back on the ship, when the crew is attempting to hoist a cargo net full of barrels of rum and gunpowder the staysail is nowhere to be seen.
- During the Pearl's escape from the Dutchman its mainsail on the maimast is unfurled. During the Kraken's attack Lejon takes Elizabeth Swan's musket to shoot at the barrels of gunpowder but one of the Kraken's tentacles grabs him and lifts him in the air, and the mainsail can be seen FURLED. When the Kraken sinks the Pearl the mainsail is once again unfurled.
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the staysails on the shrunken Black Pearl are unfurled. When Hector Barbossa stabs Blackbeard's bottle the Black Pearl grows to the size of a model and the staysails are missing. Barbossa then throws the little ship into the sea where it grows back to its normal size. The staysails are seen back in their place but furled. In the same scenes the latin sail on the shrunken Pearl's mizzenmast is unfurled. When the ship is restored the latin sail is furled.
The Jolly Roger on the Troubadour
In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End when Elizabeth Swann delivers her speech to the crew of the Black Pearl, convincing them to fight against the EITC armada, all the pirates in the Brethren fleet start raising their flags. During that scene Captain Teague's pirates hoist their black flag on the Troubadour's mainmast. After the destruction of the HMS Endeavour, when Teague throws his hat in the air to celebrate the victory, the flag is flying from the stern flagstaff.
Possible explanation - The Troubadour flies two flags, one from the mainmast and one from the stern flagstaff.
The Flying Dutchman's mizzenmast's lateen sail
In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End during the Battle of Calypso's maelstrom Jack Sparrow swings on a rope around the Flying Dutchman's mizzenmast and lands on the quarterdeck, right in front of the Dead Man's Chest and Davy Jones. When Jack swings around the mizzenmast its lateen sail and the yardarm are missing. Right after Jones yells at Jack from the Capstan Hammer the sail is back in its place.
The Union Jack on the HMS Providence
When the HMS Providence appears for the first time its Union Jack is flying high above deck, hoisted to the end of the gaff (the angled spar which holds the spanker sail). In the next scene, when Joshamee Gibbs examines the navigational charts, the Union Jack can be seen lowered almost all the way to the bottom of the mast. Some time later, when Barbossa delivers his crew an inspiring speech, the Union Jack is flying close to the deck. In the next scene, when the whole ship is shown, the Union Jack is once again flying high above deck.
The Flying Dutchman in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Several details of the Flying Dutchman in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are different from the ship's appearances in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
- In Dead Men Tell No Tales the Dutchman's nameplate can be seen beneath the quarter gallery. The nameplate does not appear in Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.
- In Dead Men Tell No Tales the Dutchman's forecastle is larger than in Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.
- In Dead Men Tell No Tales the Dutchman's railing on the main deck is much lower than in Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.
- The Dutchman's gangways are clearly visible several times in Dead Man's Chest and At World's End. However, when the Dutchman rises to the surface at the beginning of Dead Men Tell No Tales with Henry Turner on the main deck the gangways are missing.
- In At World's End when the Dutchman resurfaces with Will Turner as its new captain the ship returns to its original form, with all the sea life falling off and the ship's ghastly figurehead falling apart. In Dead Men Tell No Tales when the ship rises from the sea with Henry Turner aboard the figurehead is back in its place.
The Jolly Roger on the Ruddy Rose
At the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the Royal Navy warship the Monarch chases the pirate vessel the Ruddy Rose. During the chase, Henry Turner looks at the Rose with a piece of mirror and its black pirate flag is flying from the mainmast. A few moments later when Officer Cole looks at the pirate vessel with his spyglass the flag is flying from the stern flagstaff.
The Jolly Roger on the Black Pearl
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, when Jack Sparrow shows his crew the Black Pearl, magically shrunken and trapped in a bottle, Jack Sparrow's pirate flag, the white skull with two crossed bones and a red sparrow on a black background, can be seen flying from the mainmast. However, when Blackbeard captured the ship between the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, she was under Barbossa's command, not Jack's. When Jack takes the bottle in his hands at the end of On Stranger Tides Barbossa's flag, the white skull with two crossed swords, can be seen right before Jack the monkey appears.
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the Wicked Wench/Black Pearl has a top (a small platform which holds the sprit topmast) near the end of the bowsprit. The top does not appear in any of the ship's previous appearances in the franchise.
The stern of the Queen Anne's Revenge
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales when the Queen Anne's Revenge sails toward the Silent Mary Barbossa tells his crew to prepare to be boarded. In that scene, on the poop deck right behind the mizzenmast the rest of the stern is missing.
The Black Pearl's crow's nest
During the race to the Black rock island, when Henry Turner stands in the crow's nest and finds the Essex on the horizon, the crow's nest has protective railing. In all other appearances the crow's nest has no railing.
Jack Sparrow's curse of the Aztec gold
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, during the Battle of Isla de Muerta, Jack Sparrow stabs Hector Barbossa with his sword. Being under the curse of the Treasure of Cortés and therefore immortal, Barbossa pulls out the sword from his chest and stabs Jack with it. Seemingly mortally wounded, Jack makes a few steps back, with the moonlight transforming him into a skeleton, showing that he was under the same curse as Barbossa. Shocked, Barbossa looks at Jack as the younger pirate shows him one of the cursed gold coins which he stole from the Aztec stone chest a few minutes earlier. However, Barbossa should NOT be surprised to see Jack cursed because he took four coins from the chest right in front of Barbossa, automatically falling under the curse. Barbossa himself stated earlier that "Any mortal that removes but a single piece from that stone chest shall be punished for eternity". In a post credit scene Jack the monkey, now free from the curse, swims back into the treasure cave and takes one of the coins from the chest, instantly becoming cursed again. The only way to remove the curse was to put all the Aztec gold back into the chest AND offer the blood of all the people who took the gold from the chest as a sacrifice to the Heathen Gods.
How did Norrington know who made his sword?
At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl when Will Turner faces James Norrington, ready to face the consequences of helping Jack Sparrow escape, Norrington shows him his sword, declaring the sword a beautiful weapon and proclaiming that he expects the man who made it (Will) to show the same care and devotion to Elizabeth Swann that he did before she declared her love for Will. However, Norrington should not have known that Will made the sword. When Will gave the sword to Weatherby Swann the governor assumed the sword was made by Will's master, John Brown, and Will did nothing to correct his assumption.
Possible explanation - Norrington knew Will was a much better craftsman than Mister Brown and logically assumed only Will could make such a nice sword.
The sand beach
When Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann kiss on top of Fort Charles at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl a sand beach can be seen behind Governor Weatherby Swann. When Elizabeth Swann and Jack Sparrow fall into the sea from that location it can be seen that that part of the fort is located on the edge of the cliff, high above the sea, with no sandy beaches anywhere near.
Jack the monkey on Deil's Anvil
The video game Pirates of the Caribbean Online shows Hector Barbossa residing on an island called Devil's Anvil, giving advice to passing pirates, with Jack the monkey keeping him company. The game is chronologically set between the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and Jack is shown to be undead, suffering from the efects of the Curse of the Aztec Gold after he was recursed at the end of The Curse of the Black Pearl. However, during that time Jack should be aboard the Black Pearl, because the crew found him floating in the water after the sinking of the island and took him aboard. He was reunited with Barbossa approximately a year later, at the end of Dead Man's Chest.
Two governors of Tortuga?
In the short comic book In Jack We Trust!, which is chronologically set after Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, James Norrington and his soldiers, dressed in civilian clothing, chase Jack Sparrow through the streets of Tortuga. They are temporarily stopped by the Governor of Tortuga who threatens to have Norrington and his men arrested as spies. In the video game Pirates of the Caribbean Online, which is also set after Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a completely different character, Andrew Bowdash, is presented as the governor of Tortuga, and looks nothing like the character shown in the comic book.
Pintel and Ragetti aboard the Black Pearl during Norrington's chase
The 2007 storybook Pirates of the Caribbean: A Storm at Sea shows Pintel and Ragetti as crew members aboard the Black Pearl during Commodore Norrington's pursuit of Jack Sparrow between the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, even though those two did not join the ship's crew until the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
The spirits of Henry Morgan and Blackbeard
The infamous pirate captains Henry Morgan and Edward Teach appear for the first time in the Disney Adventures comic The Buccaneer's Heart!, which is chronologically set between the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. In the story both of them are long dead, and their spirits are trapped inside the magical object known as the Buccaneer's Heart. However, in his next appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court, Morgan is presented as an alchemist who has achieved immortality through the use of the Shadow Gold. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides shows Edward Teach as still alive long after the events of Dead Man's Chest.
In Irene Trimble's The Curse of the Black Pearl novelization Joshamee Gibbs explains to Will Turner that Jack Sparrow was working as a cartographer's apprentice when he obtained his famous compass. In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Tia Dalma reveals that Sparrow bartered his famous compass from her. According to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide he got the compass from Tia Dalma seven years before the events of Dead Man's Chest. The compass doesn't appear in the Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court series which is set before Barbossa's mutiny on the Black Pearl.
However, Terry Rossio later said that Jack had the compass even before Barbossa's first mutiny on the Black Pearl, and that's how he knew where to search for Isla de Muerta and the Treasure of Cortés. The short comic book The Compass of Destiny! confirmed that when in it Tia Dalma gave the compass to Jack and he said he intended to use it to search for the Treasure of Cortés.
A few years later, Ann C. Crispin was contracted by The Walt Disney Company to write an adult novel set in the POTC world. She specifically asked the Disney employees if she could put the compass in the book, and they answered positively. The book showed Jack in possession of the compass when he was a twenty-year-old pirate. The specific date when he received the compass was not given.
However, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales shows a different origin of Jack's compass, which seemingly retcons all the other stories. The film's flashback scene shows an eighteen-year-old Jack aboard the Wicked Wench, receiving the compass from the ship's mortally wounded captain, a pirate named Morgan. With his last dying breath Morgan explains what the compass does and warns Jack never to betray it. In one of the earlier versions of Jeff Nathanson's script the original owner of the compass was Captain Salazar.
What was Elizabeth's plan?
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Elizabeth Swann forces Cutler Beckett to sign and seal King George's Letters of Marque to ensure a pardon for Will Turner for his involvement in Jack Sparrow's escape from Port Royal a year earlier. However, as stated by Elizabeth's father, Weatherby Swann, Beckett offerred just one pardon. Even if Elizabeth succeeded in delivering the Letters to Will, she would have remained an outlaw in the eyes of the British law.
How did Pintel and Ragetti refloat the Black Pearl?
When Pintel and Ragetti land on Isla de Pelegostos they find the Black Pearl grounded on the beach, abandoned. Ragetti mentions that "Tide’s coming in" and they decide to refloat the ship and take her for their own. The next time we see the ship she is nearly afloat and her bow is pointing toward the open sea. However, the tide that would lift the ship from her original position would have to be at least three or four meters high, which would completely sink the beach and at least part of the forest behind the ship. Despite that, when the Pearl sails away the beach and the forest look the same as they were in the first scene.
What was the purpose of Tia Dalma's jar of dirt?
When Jack Sparrow visits Tia Dalma and reveals that Davy Jones is chasing him, Tia Dalma explains that Jones cannot step on land except once every ten years. Consequently, Jack should be safe on land, and Dalma gives him a jar of dirt, so Jack could carry land with him. However, Dalma doesn't explain how exactly was the jar of dirt supposed to protect Jack, and when he asks Dalma about the jar's usefulness, she avoids the answer, simply telling him to give it back if he doesn't want it. In the end, Jones' sea monster, the Kraken, drags the Black Pearl and Jack with it to the bottom of the sea, even though Jack had the jar in his possession the whole time.
Why did the Kraken attack the Black Pearl?
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Davy Jones' legendary sea beast, the Kraken, follows "with ravenous hunger" people who bear the Black Spot. When Jones finds out Jack Sparrow was trying to find the Dead Man's Chest the Spot reappears on Jack's left hand. However, when the Black Pearl hits the Kraken on the open sea and Sparrow hears from Will Turner what's going on he leaves the ship in a longboat, slowly rowing back to Isla Cruces. Instead of following Sparrow like it was supposed to, the Kraken attacks the ship.
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest following the Kraken's first attack on the Black Pearl Elizabeth Swann notices Jack Sparrow in a longboat, rowing away from the Black Pearl. In that moment she is looking over the STARBOARD (right) rail. Jack's longboat was located between Isla Cruces and the PORT (left) side of the ship.
Norrington the privateer
Near the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest James Norrington steals Cutler Beckett's Letters of Marque and the Heart of Davy Jones from Jack Sparrow, intending to trade the heart to Lord Beckett in exchange for the Letters which would grant him a pardon for his involvement in Sparrow's escape from Port Royal and commission as a privateer in the employ of England. However, even if his plan worked he would have been a privateer without a ship and a crew, and he couldn't have possibly known that Beckett would give him his old job back and promote him to the rank of admiral.
Possible explanation - The only thing that Norrington really wanted was the pardon for his crimes.
How did Cutler Beckett not know the names of the Pirate Lords?
In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End the EITC director Cutler Beckett attempts to negotiate with Jack Sparrow aboard the HMS Endeavour, asking him to reveal the purpose of the nine pieces of eight, the meeting place of the Pirate Lords, and their names. However, another EITC official, Lord Benedict Huntington, had already learned and recorded the names of eight of nine Pirate Lords approximately thirteen years earlier, during the quest for the Shadow Gold. All the Pirate Lords encountered by Huntington were still active during Beckett's war against piracy.
Possible explanation - Huntington's files on the Pirate Lords were lost at some point before the war against piracy or Beckett just didn't have access to them.
The Devil's Throat
In a deleted scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End the Black Pearl sails through the Devil's Throat, a sea tunnel which connects the open sea with the interior of Shipwreck Island, leading into Shipwreck Cove. During the short journey Pintel and Ragetti show they have no idea where they are, even though both of them have sailed through the tunnel approximately eighteen years earlier when Hector Barbossa and a few surviving crewmembers of the Cobra sailed to Shipwreck City aboard the Venganza as Don Rafael's guests.
Who summoned the Fourth Brethren Court?
At the beginning of the Fourth Brethren Court Hector Barbossa claims he was the one who issued summons to the assembled Pirate Lords. However, the gathering call, the Hoist the Colours song, was first sang by the imprisoned pirates in Port Royal. Barbossa himself says to Sao Feng in Singapore that "The song has been sung." and as one of the nine Pirate Lords he "must honor the call."
Sri Sumbhajee's voice
In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End during the Fourth Brethren Court the newly elected Pirate King Elizabeth Swann orders the assembled Pirate Lords to prepare their ships for war against the East India Trading Company. The Pirate Lord of the Indian ocean, Sri Sumbhajee, then declares the pirates would go to war, revealing his ladylike voice. Jack Sparrow then looks at him with a surprise on his face. However, Jack already learned about Sumbhajee's unusual voice approximately twelve years earlier, during the Quest for the Shadow Gold, in Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court: The Turning Tide.
Possible explanation - More than a decade has passed since the last time Jack saw Sumbhajee and he simply forgot about the Indian Pirate Lord's voice.
Young Will Turner or Henry Turner?
Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann's son makes his first appearance in the film series in the after credits scene of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, played by Dominic Scott Kay who was credited as "Young Will Turner". In the character's next appearance, in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, his name is Henry Turner.
Explanation - Young Will in At World's End and Henry in Dead Men Tell No Tales were originally meant to be two different characters. In Jeff Nathanson's early draft of the script Henry was Henry Maddox, a young captain's servant aboard the HMS Monarch. In the later versions of the script Henry was merged with Young Will into Henry Turner.
The location of the Fountain of Youth
At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Jack Sparrow steals the Mao Kun Map from Hector Barbossa, planning to use it to find the legendary Fountain of Youth. The map shows the route of Juan Ponce de León's 1523 expedition to Florida, with the Fountain's exact location being marked with an X. However, in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the Fountain is located on an unnamed island, not in Florida.
How did Jack Sparrow not recognize a zombie?
In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides when Gunner forces Scrum, Jack Sparrow, and other crewmembers to swab the main deck of the Queen Anne's Revenge Jack states Gunner is "a curious one." Scrum explains Gunner and other ship's officers have been zombiefied by Blackbeard because that makes them more compliant. However, Jack should have been able to identify Gunner as a zombie without Scrum's help because he had to deal with zombies before, during the Quest for the Shadow Gold.
Possible explanation - Blackbeard's zombies were a different type of zombies than the ones Jack was familiar with.
Philip Swift or Philip Le Blanc?
In the official Disney Pirates website Sam Claflin's character's full name is listed as "Philip Le Blanc", rather than "Philip Swift", even though "Swift" was used in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide as well as the film's screenplay. The character was also called Philip Swift in Terry Rossio's original script for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Where was Philip Swift captured?
In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Scrum explains to Jack Sparrow that Philip Swift was captured in a raid, and "The rest on the ship got killed, but not him." However, according to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide Philip was captured during a raid on a remote island.
Possible explanation - Philip was captured aboard a ship which was docked on an island that was raided by Blackbeard.
Blackbeard's ships in bottles
At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Joshamee Gibbs reveals he had successfully sneaked aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge and recovered the magically shrunken Black Pearl, in the process also stealing the rest of Blackbeard's collection of Ships in Bottles, saying it would be a shame to leave an entire fleet behind. The shrunken Black Pearl makes its next appearance in the sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but the rest of the shrunken ships are never shown nor mentioned again.
Possible explanation - Jack and Gibbs hid the bottles somewhere, waiting until they figure out the process of releasing the one ship they kept - the Black Pearl - from its bottle.
How much time has passed between the events of On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales?
According to the Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Rønning nine or ten years have passed between the events of the fourth and the fifth Pirates film. However, the Dead Men Tell No Tales comic book shows 1751 as the year in which the fifth film's main story is set, while the On Stranger Tides production designer John Myhre revealed the fourth film was set in 1750 which would mean only one year has passed between the events of the two films.
Bootstrap Bill Turner's fate
At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Bootstrap Bill Turner decides to continue his service on the Flying Dutchman under his son, Will Turner. Two decades later, in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Will's son Henry Turner destroys the Trident of Poseidon, thus breaking the curse of the Flying Dutchman. Now free from the Dutchman Will returns to his wife and son, but Bootstrap Bill makes no appearance, leaving his fate ambiguous. The Dead Men Tell No Tales novelization indirectly implies that Bootstrap Bill wasn't serving on the Dutchman anymore when Henry boarded the ship, but it doesn't explain how and when he left the crew.
How much time has passed between Henry Turner's meeting with Will Turner aboard the Flying Dutchman and the Battle in the Devil's Triangle?
At the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Will Turner tells his son Henry to forget him and returns to his duty of collecting the souls of those who died at sea. However, despite his father's request, young Henry decides to find the infamous pirate Jack Sparrow. In the next scene, nine years later, Henry is a sailor in the British Royal Navy, serving aboard the warship Monarch which is chasing the pirate vessel Ruddy Rose. The film's comic book adaptation also confirms that Henry was searching for Jack for nine years. However, according to the Dead Men Tell No Tales novelization only seven years have passed between Henry's last meeting with Will and Henry's service aboard the Monarch.
Henry Turner's sleeves
When Henry Turner attempts to change the Monarch's course and prevent the crew from sailing into the Devil's Triangle the Royal Marines arrest him and knock him out. Captain Toms approaches Turner and rips the tops of Turner's jacket's sleeves, marking him as a traitor. In the next scene, when Toms yells "We're going in!" the sleeves are intact.
The Curse of the Devil's Triangle
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the Spanish Royal Navy galleon Silent Mary hits the reefs in the Devil's Triangle and her entire crew dies in the explosions. However, the Triangle's supernatural powers bring the Spanish back to life as ghosts. At the beginning of the film two more crews die in the Triangle, the pirate crew of the Ruddy Rose and the British crew of the Monarch. Instead of being turned into ghosts like the Spanish, the pirates and the British remain dead.
One man to tell the tale
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales when the crew of the Silent Mary slaughters the crew of the Monarch Salazar decides to spare Henry Turner, explaining that he always leaves one man alive to tell the tale of his atrocities. However, before the Monarch entered the Devil's Triangle another vessel had sailed into the area, the pirate ship the Ruddy Rose. When the crew of the Monarch discovers the remains of the Ruddy Rose there is not a single trace of one pirate who should have been left alive. In the flashback scene when the Silent Mary destroys most of the pirate fleet Salazar orders his soldiers to execute the few surviving pirates in the water, leaving no one alive.
How did Scrum end up in Jack Sparrow's crew?
At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Scrum serves aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, now commanded by Hector Barbossa who mortally wounded Blackbeard at the Fountain of Youth and took his sword, ship, and crew for his own. With the powers of Blackbeard's magical sword at his disposal, Barbossa eventually becomes a rich pirate in command of a whole fleet, with the Revenge filled with riches beyond most men's wildest dreams, and every crewmember dressed like a nobleman. However, at the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Scrum is still poor and he's serving aboard the Dying Gull under Jack Sparrow, with the entire crew on the werge of starvation.
Why didn't Jack Sparrow pay for the rum with gold?
Following the failed bank robbery in Saint Martin the crew of the Dying Gull deserts Jack Sparrow. After failing to rob a coach Jack returns to Saint Martin Town and enters Grimes Pub. When he asks Grimes for a drink the barkeep tells him to show his silver. Seemingly short of money Jack pulls out his magical compass and trades it for a bottle of rum. However, in that moment Jack actually had some money, the Spanish escudo gold coin which he took from the bank's vault after the robbery.
Possible explanation - Jack lost the coin before he entered the tavern or simply forgot he had it.
How long was Armando Salazar trapped in the Devil's Triangle?
According to Geoffrey Rush Armando Salazar and his crew were trapped in the Devil's Triangle for twenty-five years. However, the timeline established in the films and their tie-in materials reveals that Salazar's imprisonment lasted for at least thirty and maybe even more than forty years.
Carina Smyth's hanging rope
During the hanging scenes in The Curse of the Black Pearl and At World's End the hanging ropes are relatively short, allowing the convicted prisoners to fall approximately one metre through the trap door before the nooses tighten around the prisoners' necks, stopping their fall and breaking the necks, killing the prisoners. In Dead Men Tell No Tales when Scrum accidentally activates the trap door Carina Smyth falls almost all the way to the ground before Henry Turner catches her, and the hanging rope is still hanging loosely.
The Wicked Wench
According to The Pirates'
Code Guidelines, Legends of the Brethren Court: The Caribbean, The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom the Black Pearl was originally an EITC merchant ship the Wicked Wench. Cutler Beckett gave the twenty-five year old Jack Sparrow command of the ship but when Sparrow refused to transport slaves Beckett had the ship burned and Sparrow branded a pirate. This caused Jack to make a deal with Davy Jones who raised the ship from the bottom of the sea in exchange for Jack's soul after thirteen years of captaincy which eventually leads into the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. However, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales gives the ship a different backstory where the Wench was a pirate ship and Jack became the ship's captain as an eighteen-year-old boy.
Gibbs' pistol during the mutiny on the Dying Gull
When the crew of Dying Gull find out they're being chased by the dead, almost all of them pull their pistols to threaten Jack, Henry, and Carina. Joshamee Gibbs is the only one to leave his weapon untouched. In the next scene, when he asks "What are we going to do", he's holding the pistol in his right hand like all others.
Barbossa's crew hangs from nothing
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, when Jack Sparrow, Carina Smyth, and Henry Turner escape to Hangman's Bay, the vengeful ghost Captain Armando Salazar hangs Barbossa and his surviving crewmen upside down on the main deck of the Silent Mary and starts slowly killing them one by one. However, on that part of the ship there was nothing they could be hanged from. The only thing that could be used for something like that were the yards of the ship's masts, but the mast closest to them, the mainmast, was lying on deck, broken.
How did John Scarfield instantly know the Black Pearl was a pirate ship?
When Hector Barbossa uses the power of the Sword of Triton to restore the Black Pearl to her true size, the pirates sail to find the Trident of Poseidon so they could destroy Armando Salazar and his crew of ghosts and reclaim their rule of the seas. During the journey, Lieutenant John Scarfield's ship, the Essex, encounters the Pearl on the open sea. After seeing the Pearl in the distance, Scarfield says "Those pirates are going for the Trident." However, Scarfield had no way of knowing the Pearl was a pirate ship, because the two ships were too far away from each other and it was too dark for anyone on the Essex to see the Jolly Roger on the Pearl's mainmast.
Barbossa, the Sword of Triton, and the crutch
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales when Armando Salazar's crew boards the Black Pearl, Barbossa tells his men to fight, holding the Sword of Triton in his right hand and the crutch in his left. In the next scene he is seen fighting with one Spanish ghost on the main deck, holding the Sword of Triton in his left hand and the crutch in his right. A moment later, when the ghost wounds him, he is once again holding the Sword of Triton in his right hand and the crutch is nowhere to be seen.
The Trident of Poseidon
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow the Trident of Poseidon was a legendary weapon that was owned by the mermaids for hundreds of years. It was eventually stolen by the infamous pirate captain Torrents. Following Torrents' defeat the young Jack Sparrow gave the Trident to the merman Tonra, making him the King of the merfolk. In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the Trident was hidden in a place called Poseidon's Tomb at least since the time of Galileo Galilei. During the quest for the Trident Jack Sparrow makes no mention of ever seeing the Trident before.
Notes and references
- The Pirates'
- "The original plan was to use nine pieces of eight to bind Calypso. But when the First Court met, the Brethren were to a one skint broke." Joshamee Gibbs to Pintel
- In an interview for Empire Magazine Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that Jack Sparrow was 18 when he trapped Salazar in the Devil's Triangle.
- "Pirates had infected the seas for generations, taking the life of my father and his father before him. So I vowed to end this plague once and for all. And that is what I did. I destroyed dozens of ships." Armando Salazar
- According to an interview with the film's producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, in the spring issue of Disney's official fan magazine twenty three, there's a reason Salazar has a thing against pirates. "Pirates corrupted his father and he lost his life, and Captain Jack Sparrow was the one who caused him to be 'the undead.' So Salazar wants to avenge what happened to him because of Captain Jack Sparrow," said Bruckheimer.
- Jolly Roger was a merciless soul, but the Pirate Brethren Court found a good use for him. Jolly was their henchman, performing unsavory deeds when the Court did not want to soil their hands or reputations. For his service, Jolly knew that one day, he'd be voted onto the prestigious Court - something he wanted more than life itself. Jolly and Jack Sparrow been friends, long ago, and he was always envious of Jack's uncanny luck. As Jack's reputation grew, so did Jolly's resentment. So when Captain Teague left the Court and gave his seat to his son, Jack Sparrow, Jolly vowed revenge. - Who is Jolly Roger?
- "Barbossa maintained that only a Pirate King could declare war and this was confirmed by Captain Teague - the Pirate Lord of Madagascar and Keeper of the Code" Joshamee Gibbs in The Pirates'
- Captain Teague, who was Pirate Lord of Madagascar, as well as Keeper of the Code, entered last, with Borya Palachnik. Two guards flanked the Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea, though Borya wasn’t under restraint. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom, CHAPTER EIGHT, The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea
- Made up of the great Pirate Lords, the Brethren Court is what you might call the governing body of pirates. The Pirate Lords' titles are based on the seas on which they hailed. These rogues and scoundrels were the best of the best, or the worst of the worst, depending on who you might ask.
- "Liang Dao is my older brother. He inherited the title of Pirate Lord from our father." Sao Feng to Jack Sparrow
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom, CHAPTER EIGHT, The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow: City of Gold, Epilogue
- "Not a lot's known about Jack Sparrow before he showed up in Tortuga with a mind to go after the treasure of the Isla de Muerta. That was before I'd met him. Back when he was captain of the Black Pearl." Joshamee Gibbs to Will Turner
- Bootstap Bill Turner
- Final Battle Will Turner
- “I’m going home,” Bill insisted, setting his jaw. “That’s all I want—to get back home.”
Jack eyed him shrewdly from head to toe. A plan was forming in his mind. A plan to keep Billy with him long enough to persuade him to join the Pearl. “Home, eh?” he said. “And where is home these days?”
“North Carolina,” Bill said, tipping his head to the north. “Not many boats going all that way, I’m afraid.”
- "When I was a lad living in England, my mother raised me by herself. After she died, I came out here, looking for my father." Will Turner to Jack Sparrow
- "When I came up to breathe, ready to dive again, even though I knew ’twas hopeless, two of me crew, witless one-eyed Ragetti and his grinnin’ imp of a friend Pintel, grabbed me jacket and pulled me into their boat. Fools they be, but I’m grateful to ’em." Hector Barbossa
- His Piece of Eight? He acquired the Moroccan beads from a French lady of questionable reputation. And the coin? An ancient coin from Siam, one of the first two bits he ever pirated. The second bit? Well, he bought his hat with that one.
- Between the anchors and beneath the bowsprit lay Jack’s immediate goal: the ship’s figurehead, a graceful black angel, cupping her outstretched left hand to release a black dove into flight. It was a beautiful figurehead, and completely new to the ship.
Jack sometimes wondered why Davy Jones had felt it necessary to supply Jack’s ship, the resurrected and transformed Wicked Wench, with a figurehead. The original Wench didn’t have one. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom EPILOGUE The Black Pearl
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (novelization), p67.
- "The Compass you bartered from me. It cannot lead you to this?" Tia Dalma to Jack Sparrow
- "Ten years earlier, Jack showed up in Tortuga. He was captain of the Black Pearl, he was going after the treasure of Isla de Muerta. And he had the compass. Because remember, Gibbs says he gave up the bearings which meant he knew where it was and you can only know where it is if you already know where it is and so he had to have already had the compass." - Terry Rossio
- "When I asked how and when Jack Sparrow got his famous compass, wondering if I'd be able to use it (it comes in very handy, eh?) my editor posed that question to the studio liaison in charge of approving the plotline, and he told her that Jack got the compass from Tia Dalma while he was young -- before the time frame of my novel. I'm aware that it says something different in some of the gaming references, just as it said that The Wicked Wench was sunk by Cutler Beckett with all hands aboard 200 or so miles off the coast of Africa. It suited the purposes of the book to have Jack have his compass, so I went with what the studio liaison said." - Ann C. Crispin 
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Behind the Scenes, p33.
- Dead Men Tell No Tales script by Jeff Nathanson, second draft, 5/6/2013
- Characters | On Stranger Tides | Pirates of the Caribbean
- Pirates of the Caribbean DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Screenplay by Terry Rossio
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, p33.
- Derek Sante's interview with Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
- Will shook his head. It broke his heart to hear the hope in his son's voice. He remembered feeling the same intense passion to be with his father, back when Bootstrap Bill had been a cursed crew member of the Dutchman and Will had been a naive young man who believed in true love, happy endings, and good triumphing over evil. But those days were long gone. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Novelization
- "Now, because Javier's character has come back from the dead, from twenty-five years in the Devil's Triangle, the CGI is like... His hair always just moves, as if it's underwater. Half his head is missing. He's creepy. Geoffrey Rush