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Li Hong was a Chinese topman aboard the Obra Dinn during her last voyage in 1802. He was speared by a mermaid out on the open sea.

Story and fate

Hong joined Second Mate Edward Nichols in a mutinous expedition to the Canary Islands, stealing the Formosan chest and kidnapping passengers Bun-Lan Lim and It-Beng Sia. Before this, he also helped Nichols in framing passenger Hok-Seng Lau as the murderer of passenger Nunzio Pasqua by mistranslating Lau's pleas into a self confession.[1][speculation]

While the mutinous crew was on the way to the Canary Islands, a group of mermaids tracked the boats and threw a spear at Hong. Nichols disposed of his body before returning to the Obra Dinn.

The East India Company insurance assessment of the Obra Dinn incident found Hong guilty of attempted mutiny and theft of cargo. His estate was fined £50.[2]


Like most of the Chinese crew members, Hong can be identified based on his footwear. He is wearing black, ankle-high shoes and white socks. This information needs to be matched with shoes seen jutting from his hammock (tag #40) in A Bitter Cold, part 1.



  1. "Hok Seng Lau... have been found guilty by self confession..." Murder, part 2
  2. Stated in the insurance assessment book in the epilogue if Hong's fate is deduced correctly.