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Emil O'Farrell was an Irish butcher aboard the Obra Dinn during its final voyage in 1802. He died from his wounds after a giant crab had spiked him on the orlop deck.[1]


Gunner's Mate Olus Wiater prevents O'Farrell and artist Edward Spratt from seeing what happened to Seaman John Naples in Unholy Captives, part 4.

O'Farrell, being a butcher, was responsible for providing meat to the crew. He was first seen teaching three midshipmen, Charles Hershtik, Thomas Lanke, and Peter Milroy, how to butcher a large cow for the crew to eat. Meanwhile, two seamen, Soloman Syed and Renfred Rajub, died of a lung disease.[2] O'Farrell later witnessed the execution of passenger Hok-Seng Lau but was not featured in the Justice at Sea sketch, depicting the said event.[3]

He was observing the mermaids getting taken on board the ship. At one point, he attempted to enter the cargo hold when Captain's Steward Fillip Dahl attacked seaman John Naples, but he was blocked off by Gunner's Mate Olus Wiater.[4]

He was on the orlop deck when a pair of crab-riders attacked the ship. He was armed with a makeshift spear, but he got spiked against the wall.[5] He died as surgeon Henry Evans tried to help him.[6]

The East India Company insurance assessment on the Obra Dinn incident praised O'Farrell for exceptional performance of duties. His estate was awarded £70 in outstanding wages and reward.[7]


O'Farrell can be identified in A Bitter Cold, part 3 where is in charge of the slaughter of a cow. He is the only butcher onboard and his apron separates him from Cook Thomas Sefton. His accent is also distinctly Irish.


O'Farrell appears in seven memories. Chronologically, he first appears in A Bitter Cold, part 3. He perishes in Soldiers of the Sea, part 6.


Joshua Nicholson is also credited for voicing Samuel Galligan. Since they share the same voice actor, the fact that Nicholson is credited twice is probably an oversight.


  1. The attack is shown off-screen but he dies from his wounds in Soldiers of the Sea, part 6.
  2. A Bitter Cold, part 3
  3. Murder, part 2
  4. Unholy Captives, part 3
  5. Between Soldiers of the Sea, part 4 and Soldiers of the Sea, part 5
  6. Soldiers of the Sea, part 6
  7. Stated in the insurance assessment book in the epilogue if O'Farrell's fate is deduced correctly.