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Lewis Walker was an English topman aboard the Obra Dinn during her last voyage in 1802. He was killed in his attempted mutiny by Captain Robert Witterel.

Story and fate

Walker was a topman and was responsible for manning the ship's rigging.

After surviving both attacks on the ship, he joined Captain Robert Witterel, First Mate William Hoscut, and seaman Henry Brennan in intervening when topman Leonid Volkov attempted to prevent surgeon Henry Evans and his crew from abandoning the ship.[1] Later, Walker tossed Volkov's body overboard.[2]

When only four people remained on onboard, Walker joined Hoscut and Brennan in an attempted mutiny to extort shells from the Captain Witterel. As Hoscut and Brennan attacked from the front, Walker made for the poop deck[3] and climbed down to the Captain's Cabin to attack him from the back.[4] He managed to stab Witterel in the side, but Witterel clubbed him in retaliation.[5]

The East India Company insurance assessment of the Obra Dinn incident found Walker guilty of attempted mutiny. His estate was fined £25.[6]


Walker is primarily identified by elimination: he can most easily be identified for certain after all other topmen have already been identified. However, he can be guessed sooner by assuming from his appearance that he is white and British; he is the only remaining British topman after Timothy Butement and Nicholas Botterill are identified, and the only remaining white topman after they and Leonid Volkov are identified. His role as a topman is clearly seen in Soldiers of the Sea, part 1 and The Doom, part 7 (in which he can be seen climbing the shrouds), thereby identifying his role on board.

Interestingly, however, Lewis Walker's face actually comes unblurred as soon as the player sees A Bitter Cold, part 1 – even if the player has not yet seen Murder, part 3, Soldiers of the Sea, part 2; both of which are necessary to clearly determine the identities of, respectively, Timothy Butement and Nicholas Botterill. This may be due to Walker's hammock: when the inspector arrives at the Obra Dinn, hammock #44 is the only one still hung up, indicating that it was owned by one of the final people to perish. Although this fact on its own is not enough to single out Walker as the hammock's owner, his identity can be narrowed down from the fact that the crew manifest states that he is a British, male topman.

Examining everyone last seen alive during the final two chapters of the game, the only two people who seem to fit this description (excluding people who are wearing officer or steward uniforms that would be inappropriate for a topman, and excluding seaman Henry Brennan, who can be easily identified and eliminated as a possibility in Escape, part 6) are Walker and Leonid Volkov. As Volkov can be clearly identified in A Bitter Cold, part 1, the man seen being clubbed by Captain Robert Witterel in The End, part 3 is the only one left who could be Walker.


Topman Lewis Walker rushing down the stairs in Escape, part 6.

Walker appears in 14 dioramas, but mostly in the background. His body is among those that remain on the ship when she drifts back into board.


  1. In Escape, part 2 and Escape, part 3
  2. In Escape, part 4
  3. In The End, part 1
  4. In The End, part 2
  5. In The End, part 3
  6. Shown in the epilogue if Walker's fate is deduced correctly.