Hector Barbossa -2
"So tell me, what's become of my ship?"
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John Scarfield
Biographical information


Ethnic group





1751, died in the explosion of the Essex caused by the ghost ship Silent Mary.[2]



Weapon(s) owned


Ship(s) captained or crewed



Escape from Saint Martin
Race to the Black rock island


British Royal Navy
Crew of the Essex

Behind the scenes
First appearance

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Last appearance

Dead Men Tell No Tales


David Wenham

"Only the British Empire will hold the power of the sea."
―Scarfield as he spots the Black Pearl[src]

John Scarfield was a British Royal Navy Lieutenant around the 1750s. Mean spirited, condescending and quick to scapegoat others for his faults, he was driven mad by his lust for vengeance against the notorious pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, the supposed "witch" Carina Smyth and the perceived traitor Henry Turner. Following the trio Scarfield led his crew on the quest for the Trident of Poseidon, intending to secure the control of the Seven Seas for the British Empire.


The "witch" Carina Smyth and the Captain Jack Sparrow were both captured at St. Martin, and Scarfield demands that they both be executed simultaneously. After Henry Turner washed up on his shores, he coldly brushed him off as a deserter sentencing the boy to be hanged as well. But Turner manages to escape trouble twice, first by Smyth giving him the key to his release and again by enlisting Jack's old crew while acting as the distraction during their sentencing. Enabling said rogue's escape once again, who knocked out Scarfield with a block of wood before he could do any harm to Carina and Turner.

Scarfield is now in pursuit, assembling a crew and doing everything in his power to find the three miscreants that ruined his reputation. He, along with his crew, seek the help of Shansa the witch, who willingly shows Scarfield the route to the Trident of Poseidon, where Henry, Carina, and Jack were headed, in exchange of him sparing her life.

After hours of searching, Scarfield's ship, the Essex, encountered the newly resurrected Black Pearl. After Henry Turner spots his ship on the starboard side, Hector Barbossa orders the entire crew to stand their ground and fight until the end. Scarfield stood aboard the Essex looking at the Pearl through his spyglass and ordered his men to prepare to fire. When all had seemed well, Scarfield heard a menacing sound creeping up behind him.

Scarfield demise

Scarfield, seconds before being crushed by the Silent Mary

As he slowly turned around he noticed a peculiar large object moving upward in a chilling way: the Silent Mary. The Silent Mary opened its sides like a cage and came crashing down on top of Scarfield and his crew, igniting the powder magazine and causing the Essex to go up into flames and sink to the depths of the ocean, ending the tyrannical lieutenant's reign of terror.

Personality and traits Edit

Lieutenant Scarfield was known to be ruthless and cruel, not only to his enemies, but to is own men as well, threatening to hang one of his own officers in Carina's place if she wasn't found. His personal lust for reputation and vengeance ultimately ended in his quick demise at the hands of Captain Armando Salazar. He was largely hypocritical in his belief's as evident while in taking glee in tormenting an innocent woman on the account of witchcraft, he was willing to deal with an actual witch in pursuit of his selfish goals. Scarfield also shows signs of incompetence given his tendency to re-assign blame, write off others at a glance and need to gloat over pleasant situations distracting him from whats in front of his face.

Behind the scenesEdit



  1. Estimation based on David Wenham's age during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and the fact that DMTNT takes place in the 1751.
  2. As evidenced by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Movie Graphic Novel, the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are set in 1751.
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