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Hawkins death
Biographical information


Hair color



1720s, in Port Royal's shipyard, killed by Ian Mercer.[1]



Ship(s) captained or crewed

Hawkins' ship


Weatherby Swann

Behind the scenes
First appearance

Dead Man's Chest

Last appearance

Dead Man's Chest



"I've arranged passage to England. The captain is a friend of mine."
"No! Will's gone to find Jack!
Weatherby Swann and Elizabeth Swann[src]

Hawkins was a captain operating at the time of Lord Cutler Beckett's arrival to Port Royal. He was a friend of Governor Weatherby Swann's at the time Elizabeth Swann was imprisoned and was to help them to escape from Port Royal, but was murdered by Beckett's assistant and spy Ian Mercer.

Biography Edit

"What's happening, father?"
"There are still men loyal to me here. A ship is waiting. I have arranged a passage to England and sent a letter to the King, detailing what has happened here.
Elizabeth Swann and Weatherby Swann[src]

Not much is known about Hawkins' early life. At some unspecified point of his life, Hawkins became captain of a ship, which was docked at Port Royal. He also became good friends with Weatherby Swann, the Governor of Port Royal.[2]

Around 1729, after Lord Cutler Beckett from the East India Trading Company took control of Port Royal, Weatherby Swann struck a deal with Hawkins in order to secure passage back to England for his daughter Elizabeth, who had been imprisoned at the Fort Charles prison for helping Captain Jack Sparrow to escape from the gallows the last year. Beckett foresaw this action, however, and had Ian Mercer intercept Hawkins. Mercer murdered the captain by stabbing him in the chest, and found about his person a letter to the King of England written by—and thus incriminating—Governor Swann. Elizabeth, however, still managed to get away.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Hawkins was played by an uncredited actor in Dead Man's Chest.
  • Although not named in the film itself, this character was intended to be called "Captain Hawkins", as revealed by screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio on the Dead Man's Chest DVD commentary. Hawkins' backstory was intended to relate to that of Jim Hawkins' father in Treasure Island, explaining the circumstances of his father's disappearance at sea and why he never returned to the Admiral Benbow Inn. The name also appeared in the film's junior novelization,[3] as well as a production draft of the film dated January 19, 2006.[4][5] However, that story would have contradicted the Treasure Island canon where Jim Hawkins' father dies at his home, the Admiral Benbow Inn. Rossio and Elliott were likely referring to the version of Jim Hawkins' father who abandons Jim and Mrs. Hawkins as seen in the Treasure Island animated adaptation Treasure Planet, which was also written by them, though this adaptation sets the story in an intergalactic universe unlike the original.
  • Hawkins is absent from the film's comic book adaptation because his death had adult nature.



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