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Huang Li was a Chinese topman aboard the Obra Dinn during its final voyage in 1802. He was struck by lightning.


Li was a topman and was responsible for the ship's rigging and sails.

He was first seen witnessing the execution of Hok-Seng Lau on the main deck.[1]

After a mutinous expedition led by Second Mate Edward Nichols left him as sole survivor, Chioh Tan shot him. Li acted as translator when Captain Robert Witterel interrogated Tan about the mermaids, the chest, and the deaths of the other Formosans.[2]

When the ship started to head back to England,[3] the topmen began to haul up the sails. Li died when hit by lightning as he was climbing the rigging to the main mast from the foremast.[4]

The East India Company insurance assessment on the Obra Dinn incident praised Li for exceptional performance of duties. His estate was awarded £35 worth of outstanding wages and reward.[5]


Like all Chinese crew members, Li can be identified based on his footwear. His shoes have white soles but the upper is dark, and he wears white socks. This information needs to be matched with shoes seen jutting from his hammock (tag #38) in A Bitter Cold, part 1.


Li only appears in five dioramas. Chronologically, he first appears in A Bitter Cold, part 1. He perishes in Soldiers of the Sea, part 1. He appears in the Justice at Sea sketch.

  • A Bitter Cold, part 1
  • Murder, part 2
  • Unholy Captives, part 1
  • Unholy Captives, part 2
  • Soldiers of the Sea, part 1
  • His body can be interacted with in Soldiers of the Sea, part 2
  • Justice at Sea


  1. Murder, part 2
  2. Unholy Captives, part 1
  3. The map on page 1 of the catalogue since chapter V.
  4. Soldiers of the Sea, part 1
  5. Stated in the insurance assessment book in the epilogue if Li's fate is deduced correctly.