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- "Mr. Sparrow, it's kill or be killed!"
"Aye. I knew this was to be happenin' today! Last night I dreamed of the moon, wi' blood on it. Rogue pirates they be! They'll kill every man jack of us."
- ―Bates and Bartholomew Weaver to Jack Sparrow
Bates was a sailor in the employment of the East India Trading Company. He sailed aboard the brig Fair Wind, serving under Captain Nathaniel Bainbridge. He was afraid of pirates, and he was among the crewmembers who panicked when they saw the pirate frigate Venganza on the horizon.