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Samuel Galligan was an Irish sailor who served as the Second Mate's steward aboard the Obra Dinn during its last voyage in 1802. He died when passenger It-Beng Sia stabbed him in the neck.

Story and fate

Galligan was the steward of Second Mate Edward Nichols. He first appeared watching the execution of passenger Hok-Seng Lau, a Formosan guard framed for murder.[1] In the meantime, he could be seen whispering to Nichols.

Galligan joined Nichols on a mutinous expedition to the Canary Islands. The group stole the Formosan chest, kidnapped Formosan passengers Bun-Lan Lim and It-Beng Sia, and abandoned the ship. When a group of mermaids tracked down the boats and attacked the group, spearing topman Li Hong and seaman Patrick O'Hagan, Nichols hid under his lifeboat. While Galligan called Nichols out for his cowardice, Sia broke free from his bonds, grabbed a knife lying in the boat, and stabbed Galligan in the neck.

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


Galligan has to be identified based on his close association with Second Mate Nichols and his steward uniform. His name is never mentioned but he himself has an Irish accent.

Galligan is unblurred after Murder, part 1, the memory that allows for the identification of Nichols. Galligan can be identified either from Murder, part 2, where he stands behind Nichols whispering to him or Murder, part 3, where he's the only person in a steward's uniform joining Nichols' party.

His exact manner of death is hard to make out in his death diorama, however a knife is visibly sticking out of him in the next diorama. The knife is also lying on the floor of the boat in the previous diorama.


Galligan never appears without Nichols and also not outside of any memory not related to the theft of the shell.


  1. In Murder, part 2.
  2. Stated in the insurance assessment book in the epilogue if Galligan's fate is deduced correctly.