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Destruction of the Edinburgh Trader
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Conflict:

Search for the Dead Man's Chest

Date:

1740s[1]

Place:

Caribbean Sea

Outcome:

Destruction of the Edinburgh Trader. Full imprisonment of Bootstrap Bill Turner. Will Turner escapes from Davy Jones' wrath (temporarily).

Factions
Crew of the Flying Dutchman

Edinburgh Trader flag

Crew of the Edinburgh Trader
Commanders

Davy Jones

Captain Bellamy

Participants

Crewmen
Kraken

Crewmen
William Turner

Casualties

Slight injuries to the Kraken

The Edinburgh Trader destroyed
The entire crew killed (except for William Turner)

  [Source]
"Let no joyful voice be heard. Let no man look up at the sky with hope. And let this day be cursed by we who ready to wake...the Kraken!"
Davy Jones upon releasing the Kraken.[src]

The Destruction of the Edinburgh Trader was a battle between the Edinburgh Trader and the Kraken, that resulted in Will Turner's escape, and the destruction of the ship. This was also the first battle in the search for the Dead Man's Chest.

Prelude

Escape with a Key

"Master Turner, feel free to go ashore…the very next time we make port!"
―Davy Jones to William Turner[src]
Dutchman in telescope

The Flying Dutchman following the Edinburgh Trader.

Will Turner, who had leeway to leave the Flying Dutchman, silently escaped the ship one night after his capture with the Key to the Dead Man's Chest in his possession. When Davy Jones found out it was missing, he quickly realized that Jack Sparrow was trying to recover the Dead Man's Chest, and gave chase to Turner.

Summon the Kraken

Davy Jones summoning the Kraken.

The crew of the Edinburgh Trader found Will at sea and took him on board. As the Dutchman came up on the Trader, Jones had Bootstrap Bill Turner (Will's father) taken up on deck, so as to punish him for aiding in Will's escape. However, instead of giving Will the mercy of killing him in Ship to Ship combat, Jones used the Kraken Hammer, summoned the Kraken to destroy the Trader.

The Battle

The Kraken Strikes

"We must of hit a reef!"
Quartermaster (Edinburgh Trader)[src]
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The Kraken start his attack.

The Trader suddenly came to a halt, as the Kraken hooked on to the ship. As Captain Bellamy gave orders to the crew, he was suddenly grabbed by a giant tentacle and pulled into the sea. Bellamy was last seen screaming as the tentacle whipped him around before sucking him back under the water again, which alerted the while crew to the Kraken's presence. As the Kraken's tentacles slowly moved up the hull of the ship, the crew members of the Edinburgh Trader frantically armed themselves with Cutlasses, Pistols, Axes, and spears to try to fight off the Kraken. William Turner who had climbed up the rigging onto the main mast earlier when spotting the Dutchman was able to take in the scene from above.

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The Kraken eats the crew.

The Kraken's tentacles were too strong for any of these smaller armaments, and many crewmen were grabbed. The Bursar of the ship, believing the Kraken attack was because of the widowed spirit, tried to make an offering of Elizabeth's dress but was soon snatched by a tentacle himself. The Kraken then snapped the main mast, forcing Will to jump onto the next one as it fell. Then, in one final move, the Kraken brought down two enormous tentacles onto the ship causing it to split in half. This allowed the Kraken to surface at the center of the destruction and easily drag crew members into its open mouth. Will dove into the water away from the Kraken as the final mast that he was on was snapped.

Aftermath

"The chest is no longer safe. Chart a course to Isla Cruces. Get me there first, or there'll be the devil to pay!"
"First?"
"Who sent that thieving charlatan on to my ship, who told him of the key?...Jack Sparrow."
"
Davy Jones and Koleniko[src]
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Will escapes the attack.

All of the crew of the Edinburgh Trader was killed, except for Will Turner. The rest of the survivors were killed by the Crew of the Flying Dutchman. In the aftermath of this, Jones ordered Bill Turner to be sent to the brig, where he would spend the next couple months, slowly merging with the ship. Will, though, silently stowed onboard the Dutchman, and when the Dutchman went off to Isla Cruces, Will went with them, intent on finding the Dead Man's Chest and Jack Sparrow.

Source

Notes and references

  1. The events of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest happened a few years before the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which are set in 1750, which sets the Destruction of the Edinburgh Trader somewhere in the middle of 1740s.

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