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Passenger Hok-Seng Lau2nd Mate's Steward Samuel GalliganShip's steward Zungi Sathi1st Mate's steward Paul MossPurser Duncan McKaySurgeon Henry EvansHelmsman Finley DaltonMidshipman Peter MilroyMidshipman Charles HershtikMidshipman Thomas LankeTopman Huang LiTopman Li HongBosun Alfred KlestilSeaman Lars LindeCarpenter Winston Smith4th Mate's steward Davey JamesFourth Mate John DaviesCarpenter's mate Marcus GibbsSeaman Henry BrennanSeaman Aleksei ToporovSeaman Patrick O'HaganGunner Christian WolffGunner's mate Olus WiaterSecond Mate Edward NicholsFirst Mate William HoscutCaptain Robert WitterelThird Mate Martin Perrott3rd Mate's stewardBosun's mate Charles MinerTopman Wei LeePassenger Chioh Tan (cannot be selected in the game)Passenger Bun-Lan Lim (cannot be selected in the game)Passenger It-Beng Sia (cannot be selected in the game)Seaman John NaplesThe initials of artist Edward SprattJustice at sea cropped
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The Justice at Sea sketch. Click on or hover over faces for details. Click here to see the grayed out area as it appears in the game.

Justice at Sea is a sketch, probably in pencil, by English Artist Edward Spratt.

Subject Edit

The sketch shows the execution of Formosan passenger Hok-Seng Lau, a guard to the Formosan Royals It-Beng Sia and Bun-Lan Lim. The condemned man is seen hanging blindfolded from a mast with a firing line made up of four seamen (Henry Brennan, John Naples, Patrick O'Hagan and Aleksei Toporov) preparing to fire on him at the command of gunner Christian Wolff. Most of the crew, especially the officers, are present to witness the execution. The sketch is signed with the artist's initials in the lower left corner.

Depicted Edit

35 people are depicted within the artwork, but only 31 can be highlighted. Working clockwise, and excluding those depicted in other artwork:

History Edit

Spratt drawing

Spratt drawing Justice at Sea.

Justice at sea live

The execution scene in the diorama of Murder, part 2.

Spratt drew the sketch as he was witnessing the execution in Murder, part 2. There are a number of differences between the sketch and the real scene.
  • Cook Thomas Sefton and butcher Emil O'Farrell are not included in the sketch, probably because they were standing out of Spratt's field of view.
  • Second Mate's Steward Samuel Galligan is depicted standing on the stairs to the poop deck, when he was in fact just behind Second Mate Edward Nichols, whispering to him.
  • In the picture, Fourth Mate's Steward Davey James is watching the execution, when in reality he was covering his ears and turning away from the scene during the gunshot.
  • Gunner's Mate Olus Wiater is depicted standing when in reality he was kneeling.
  • Bosun Alfred Klestil was leaning against the crank when in the sketch he is not.

Conservation Edit

It is unclear how the sketch ended up in the possession of Surgeon Henry Evans. It does not seem to have suffered unduly from Evans' trip to Morocco in an open boat. The sketch is currently in the possession of the East India Company's chief inspector as an insert in a book about the fate of the Obra Dinn.

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