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John Naples was a Welsh seaman on the Obra Dinn during her last voyage in 1802. He died when Captain's Steward Fillip Dahl cut off his leg.

Story and fate

Naples was chosen to be a part of the firing line carrying out the execution of Hok-Seng Lau but missed the condemned man.[1]

Later, Naples was among the sailors carrying the captured mermaids down to the lazarette.[2] Captain's steward Fillip Dahl, believing the mermaids to carry a curse, attacked Naples and cut off his leg. Naples expired in the cargo hold before Surgeon Henry Evans managed to help him.[3] His cut-off leg was not found and was still on the ship when she drifted back into port in 1807.

The East India Company insurance assessment on the Obra Dinn incident praised Naples for exceptional performance of duties. His estate was awarded £25 in outstanding wages and reward.[4]


Seaman John Naples observing as the Formosan chest is hauled back to the ship.

In Unholy Captives, part 4, Henry Evans addresses the injured Naples by his first name, John. There is another John aboard (Fourth Mate John Davies), but the lack of a uniform makes it clear that this is not him.



  1. The bullet trail from his rifle in Murder, part 2 goes past the body.
  2. In chapter 5.
  3. In Unholy Captives, part 4.
  4. Stated in the insurance assessment book in the epilogue if Naples' fate is deduced correctly.