- "That's not very nice."
- ―Jack Sparrow to Ketchum
Ketchum was a member of the Cursed crew captained by Barbossa (prior to the mutiny-by Jack Sparrow). He became cursed along with the rest of the crew upon finding the Chest of Cortés, and spent the following decade hunting down all 882 gold coins to lift the curse. He participated in the batle aboard the HMS Dauntless. At the end of the battle, when the curse was lifted, he was arrested by the navy.
Ketchum joined the crew of Captain Jack Sparrow prior to the search for Isla de Muerta, and served under Sparrow until the night of Barbossa's mutiny. Ketchum and the rest of the crew stood by Barbossa against Jack, who was then marooned while the crew, now serving Barbossa, continued on to Isla de Muerta. There, they took the treasure of Hernán Cortés and spent it all on life's pleasures. It was only later that the crew realized the treasure was cursed. Maximo found himself unable to die, and unable to feel neither pleasure nor pain. Under moonlight, he and the crew became walking skeletons, and the undead men began their quest to return all eight hundred and eighty two gold coins to Isla de Muerta.
Years later he participated in the attack on Port Royal, slaughtering many civilians. He and the rest of the cursed crew returned to the Pearl with Elizabeth Swann as a prisoner. During the Black Pearl's fight against the HMS Interceptor, he boarded the Dauntless and attacked Elizabeth Swann, and was about to hit her when Jack Sparrow stopped him. Swann then knocked him into the sea. He was able to get back aboard the Pearl before the Motley crew were captured.
Ketchum, like most of the other pirates from Barbossa's crew, fought against the British Royal Navy onboard the HMS Dauntless when Commodore Norrington's men launched an assault on the island. Ketchum battled the Navy crew until the curse was lifted, and, upon seeing Koehler dead, dropped his cutlass and was taken back to Port Royal to be hanged.
Behind the scenes
- Ketchum was portrayed by Jerry Gauny in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
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