Story

Let me tell ye a tale: Somewhere northeast o' the Bahamas there be a tiny scrap o' rocks stickin' up out o' the sea known as Beal Island. It be a barren, rocky place, and no man ever called it home. But many years ago, a band o' bloodthirsty pirates, with the king's navy swarmin' all over to catch them, hid their ill-gotten loot on the island. They were captured and thrown in jail for evadin' justice, but since they didn't have the treasure, none could prove they'd done the deed, and they escaped the gallows. They all swore that they'd meet gain on the island to dig up their treasure after they all got out o' jail.

More recently now, a mighty hurricane swept o'er Beal Island, leaving in its wake the wreckage of ill- fated ships dashed upon the rocks. The survivors banded together an' recovered those provisions what washed up on shore. They found caves in th' isle, and set up to wait fer a passin' ship to rescue 'em. However, it soon became apparent that some among 'em were there fer more nefarious purposes: four of the pirates had returned to gather their treasure! However, thanks to the brave actions o' the survivors, the pirates were found out before they recovered the treasure, an' all present held a great feast before hangin' the louts. But the pirates weren't so easily defeated. They poisoned the rum at the feast, and everyone fell into a stupor o' haunted dreams. When they awoke, none could remember who they were, nor what ship they'd been on, nor even who the pirates were!

Puzzle

This puzzle was originally designed as a mystery party, where the guests played the role of shipwrecked amnesiac sailors on a desert island, trying to figure out who they were. Each player was given some clues representing the few things that their character still remembered, but other clues were encoded in their dress and manner of speech. Each guest wore either an officer's hat, marking them as an officer, a bandana on their head, marking them as a sailor, or neither, marking them as a passenger. The passengers were all dressed either richly (paying passengers) or poorly (stowaways). Each player was also instructed to wear or not wear an eye-patch, hook-hand, or peg-leg. Finally, different players spoke using distinctive languages or accents.

Additional clues were available in the form of copies of crew and passenger manifests which had "washed up on the beach". The crew manifests clearly state the name and rank of every crew member on five different ships, and the names of the ships. However, since none of the castaways remember their names, this is only somewhat helpful, especially since many of the original crews were lost in the storm. The passenger manifests show the groups of passengers who were aboard ships, but not which ship they were aboard.

Goal

Determine the following:

For each ship: What country was it from, what was its last port of call, where was it bound to, and what type of ship was it.

For each player: What was their character's name and rank, what ship were they on, and were they a pirate.

Bonus:What is the language spoken by the characters whose language is marked as "strange"?

Assumptions

You may assume the following:

• All of the pirates' clues are false.
• Everyone else's clues are true.
• The four pirates were hidden aboard the various ships, among the crew, passengers, and/or stowaways.

Edit: Correction of earlier statement, which said "hidden among the crews", seeming to rule out the possibility of pirates among the passengers or stowaways.
Second edit: There are actually four pirates. The puzzle originally said three.

• The people who died in the storm were not present at the party, and nothing is known about them except what is given in the clues and the manifests.
• The various castaways have had several days to share their stories before they all got amnesia, and they are left with odd snippets of memory; the fact that a character has a clue about a particular ship, for instance, does not mean that they are from that ship, unless it is specifically stated in the clue.
• Names in italics are the names of players; names in bold are the names of characters in the game. The player's names have all been randomly changed from the names of the original party-goers.
• There are no ships represented which do not have an associated crew manifest.
• There are no crew members present who are not listed on a crew manifest.
• There are no paying passengers who are not listed on a passenger manifest.
• Each character's name reflects their nationality and sex. (e.g., Felipe C. Ivarruz-Vicaza is not a Scottish woman.) Note that English-speaking nationalities (e.g., English, American) may not have completely distinctive names. Character names were chosen semi-randomly from name databases of their respective nationalities.

Edit: Although some names are intentionally ambiguous, I have added to the crew and manifests annotations of the sex, if it is meant to be clear.

Edit again: This information has been moved to Hint 1.

• The sex of the players matches the sex of their characters. For the purpose of this puzzle, all players and characters are assumed to have one unambiguous sex, which is the conventional one for their name.

Edit: - The scenario takes place in about 1800.

Clues

Crew Manifests

La Vierge du Bon Port

Officers:
Captain : Henrick R. Janssen
1st Mate: Seigfried D. Munser
2nd Mate: Margaret N. Salisbury
Boatswain: Hartmut R. Eckinger

Sailors:
Cook: Dorothy W. Ramsey
Seaman: Carmel O'Brien
Seaman: Piperion Esquibel-Montero
Seaman: William P. Cotton
Cabin Girl: Peggy R. Cobb

The Sea Fox

Officers:
Captain: Pulqueria Ceballos
1st Mate: Roger B. Sheppard
2nd Mate: Christopher H. Weber

Sailors:
Cook: Ronald McPherson
Seaman: Samuel E. Jennings
Seaman: Hu Wei-Xue
Seaman: James J. Graham
Cabin Girl: Charlotte C. Walpole

The Jonathan Cheswick

Officers:
Captain: Henry R. Owen
1st Mate: Vasya S. Kalinnikov
2nd Mate: Tjeerd R. De Smet
Boatswain: Yan Fu-ju

Sailors:
Cook: Fabian A. Schubach
Seaman: Virginia A. Allen
Seaman: Martha F. Woodard
Seaman: Timothy W. Hester
Cabin Boy: Nigel N. Salisbury

Gouden Leeuw

Officers:
Captain: Elaine P. Wynn
1st Mate: Quentin P. Watson
2nd Mate: Arno Angélil
Boatswain: Margarita A. Jurivel

Sailors:
Cook: Felipe C. Ivarruz-Vicaza
Seaman: Gareth R. Cavendish
Seaman: Wilma W. Chapman
Seaman: Lemar D. Malcombe
Cabin Boy: Samuel K. Pickett

Officers:
Captain: Gertrude D. Hutchinson
1st Mate: Marietta N. Clarke
2nd Mate: Liao Jin-Zhong
Boatswain: Cecilia S. Ros-Gamiro

Sailors:
Cook: Ruud D. Van Dijk
Seaman: Alexander H. Frost
Seaman: Findlay C. Scott
Seaman: Quentin R. Callaghan
Cabin Boy: Tremaine L. Higgins

Passenger Manifests

Passenger Manifest #1

Jeanette J. Ambard
Chiaffredo Milanesi
Nazzareno D. Conti
Jean-Louis Fleuette

Passenger Manifest #2

Austinafe Ajaranne
Jean-François Moreau
Louise-Violette Meserve
Uckbe Oronle

Passenger Manifest #3

Eileen Mac Ateer
Ylesme Arrce
Maura I. Kiley
Eannare Imke

Players

Player: Andrew Sex: M Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Poor Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Andrew stowed away on a ship bound for Bridgetown."
Clue 2: "Andrew lost a locket."

Player: Ann Sex: F Language/Accent: Jamaican
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Ann's superior officer was American."

Player: Anthony Sex: M Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Anthony and Margaret got jobs on a ship in order to get home to America from France."
Clue 2: "The French ship was headed to Casa Blanca."

Player: Brian Sex: M Language/Accent: English
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "None of the ships flew the same flags."

Player: Carrie Sex: F Language/Accent: Spanish
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "One ship was a merchant ship sailing out of Rome."
Clue 2: "One of the merchant ships had a second mate who spoke two languages."
Clue 3: "The two English sailors aboard the Spanish ship always hassled the Scotsman."

Player: Charles Sex: M Language/Accent: Strange
Clothing: Rich Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Rosemary and Charles were on the same ship "
Clue 2: "Charles was overseeing a business venture."

Player: Christina Sex: F Language/Accent: Spanish
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Christina was the only Spaniard aboard her ship."
Clue 2: "The whaling ships had the same level of casualties among their crews, which was more than the other ships."
Clue 3: "Alexander Frost had an eyepatch."

Player: Debra Sex: F Language/Accent: English
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "One of the ships flew an American flag and sailed out of Boston."
Clue 2: "The only male officer on the ship headed to Bridgetown was killed in the storm."
Clue 3: "Debra found a man by the name of Albert hiding in the hold of her ship."

Player: Dennis Sex: M Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "The Cabin boy/girl was the only sailor to survive from the ship that sailed out of Kingston."

Edit: Cabin boy or girl

Player: Edward Sex: M Language/Accent: Australian
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Only one officer survived from 'The Jonathan Cheswick'"

Player: Elizabeth Sex: F Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Elizabeth and Ryan were on the same ship."
Clue 2: "Elizabeth was a cabin girl."
Clue 3: "One of the stowaways was named Natalie Warner."

Player: Emily Sex: F Language/Accent: Chinese
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : yes Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Although 'Nuestra Señora de Cavadonga' was a Spanish ship, the captain was American."

Edit: Emily is female.

Player: Frank Sex: M Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Poor Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "At least one officer from each ship perished in the storm."
Clue 2: "Three of the passengers on the ship sailing out of Veracruz were killed in the storm."

Player: Gary Sex: M Language/Accent: French
Clothing: Rich Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Sherry and Gary were on the same ship."
Clue 2: "Gary was funding a mission of discovery and wanted to go along."

Player: George Sex: M Language/Accent: Shakespearean English
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : yes Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "The cook aboard George's ship perished in the storm."
Clue 2: "George was headed to Charleston."
Clue 3: "Only one Sailor from the "Gouden Leeuw" survived."

Player: Irene Sex: F Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Poor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Irene met Terry when she stowed away on his ship. He found her, but agreed not to report her."
Clue 2: "Only one cook survived the storm."
Clue 3: "Two of the stowaways had professions for surnames: one that makes arrows, one that works with iron."

Player: Jack Sex: M Language/Accent: Scottish
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Two of the captains went down with their ships."
Clue 2: "Two of the ships were whalers, and did not allow passengers."
Clue 3: "There are two freshly made graves on the island, which read 'R.I.P. Virginia Allen' and 'R.I.P. Eileen Mac Ateer'."

Player: Jason Sex: M Language/Accent: Dutch
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Jason was aboard a merchant ship."
Clue 2: "All the English ship's sailors survived the tempest."

Edit: Corrected "All the English sailors" to "All the English ship's sailors."

Player: Jennifer Sex: F Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Poor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Jennifer was a stowaway on a whaling ship."
Clue 2: "The ship which was sailing between two non-English-speaking ports has sailors from four different English-speaking countries."
Clue 3: "When the storm hit, the captain of the ship carrying the two Italian gentlemen assigned the cook to stick with Signor Milanesi, and another sailor to stay with Signor Conti; this decided the fates of the two gentleman."

Player: Joseph Sex: M Language/Accent: English
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Joseph was a cabin boy."
Clue 2: "The ship sailing out of Vera Cruz was not an exploration vessel."
Clue 3: "The last name of one of the stowaways was the same as the first name of the ship Joseph was on."

Player: Josephine Sex: F Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Josephine hired a Jamaican Cabin Boy with a peg leg for her ship."
Clue 2: "The captain of "Gouden Leeuw" had a hook hand."
Clue 3: "Josephine found a locket washed up on the beach with the initials "PF" engraved on it."

Player: Keith Sex: M Language/Accent: Russian
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "One of the ships was an exploration ship that was headed to Buenos Aires to resupply on the way to Antarctica."
Clue 2: "Only one ship was sailing to a port that flew the same flag as the ship."

Edit: Changed "its home port" to "a port that flew the same flag as the ship", for clarity.

Player: Kevin Sex: M Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Each of the ships had set sail from a different port."

Edit: Kevin has an eye patch Clue 2: "One of the stowaways had the same last name as the first name of the captain of the westward-sailing whaler. (Don't ask how I remember this even while I have amnesia.)"

Player: Kimberly Sex: F Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : yes Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "One ship was sailing from Bordeaux to Charleston."
Clue 2: "All of the second mates have eyepatches."
Clue 3: "One of the stowaways earned himself the nick-name 'Crazy Parker' because of his devil-may-care attitude about life."

Edit: Reworded Clue 3.

Player: Larry Sex: M Language/Accent: German
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "The Captain of the Dutch ship did not wear an eyepatch."
Clue 2: "The Boatswain of "The Jonathan Cheswick" had full use of both hands."
Clue 3: "Larry's ship set sail from Bordeaux."

Player: Lori Sex: F Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "There was originally a stowaway on each ship, but one perished."

Player: Margaret Sex: F Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Anthony and Margaret got jobs on a ship in order to get home to America from France."
Clue 2: "Whaling ships are not allowed to dock at Bridgetown."

Edit: Corrected "Bridgeport" to "Bridgetown".

Player: Megan Sex: F Language/Accent: English
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Willie and Megan met each other after being shipwrecked on the island."

Player: Patrick Sex: M Language/Accent: Jamaican
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : yes
Clue 1: "Patrick was on a whaling ship."
Clue 2: "Two officers from the English ship survived the storm."
Clue 3: "No one who was aboard a merchant ship had a peg leg."

Player: Paul Sex: M Language/Accent: Italian
Clothing: Rich Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Each of the ships was headed to a different destination."
Clue 2: "One of the ships suffered no casualties among the sailors."
Clue 3: "Mme. Meserve was known for her beautiful eyes."

Player: Raymond Sex: M Language/Accent: Spanish
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "One ship was a Dutch merchant ship heading to its home port in Amsterdam."
Clue 2: "One of the boatswains was headed to Casa Blanca, where he was to be married and give up his life on the sea; tragically, he was killed in the storm."
Clue 3: "One of the stowaways carved their initials into the hull of the ship they were on: JS."

Player: Richard Sex: M Language/Accent: French and German
Clothing: Officer Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "The Spanish ship was sailing to Bridgetown."
Clue 2: "None of the sailors aboard "The Jonathan Cheswick" were maimed."
Clue 3: "The stowaway on Richard's ship was a handsome man with no visible disfigurement, but he was made to walk the plank."

Edit: For clarification, "maimed" in this context refers to eyepatch, hook-hand, and peg-leg, not to whether or not the sailors survived the storm.

Player: Rosemary Sex: F Language/Accent: Strange
Clothing: Rich Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Rosemary and Charles were on the same ship"
Clue 2: "Each ship was named in the language of the country it was from."
Clue 3: "One of the stowaways was known as 'One-eyed Pete.'"

Player: Ryan Sex: M Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Elizabeth and Ryan are on the same boat."
Clue 2: "Only one ship was sailing out of its home country."

Player: Sherry Sex: F Language/Accent: French
Clothing: Rich Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : yes Peg Leg? : yes
Clue 1: "Sherry discovered a stowaway named Marie searching through her baggage."
Clue 2: "Sherry and Gary were on the same ship."

Player: Terry Sex: M Language/Accent: American
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : no Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "The person who shares a first name with Terry is either Australian or English."
Clue 2: "Irene met Terry when she stowed away on his ship. He found her, but agreed not to report her."

Player: Victoria Sex: F Language/Accent: Irish
Clothing: Rich Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : yes Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Victoria was on a boat with two Spaniards."
Clue 2: "The English ship had no passengers."
Clue 3: "Someone found a dog-eared and heavily-annotated copy of "Hamlet" washed up on the beach, with the initials 'G.R.C.' printed on the inside cover."

Player: Willie Sex: M Language/Accent: English
Clothing: Sailor Eye patch? : yes Hook Hand? : no Peg Leg? : no
Clue 1: "Willie and Megan met each other after being shipwrecked on the island."

Edit: Willie has an eye patch, not a hook hand.

Hint 1

Some information in the puzzle may take some research, especially if one isn't familiar with names in different languages and historical geography. Here is some information which is intended to be known, but which is not directly stated:

The flags flown by the ten ports mentioned in 1800 were:

Amsterdam, Holland - Dutch
Bordeaux, France - French
Boston, Massachusetts - American
Buenos Aires, Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata (today Argentina) - Spanish
Casablanca, Morocco - Moroccan
Charleston, North Carolina - American
Kingston, Jamaica - British
Rome, the Roman Republic Feb 1798 - Jun 1800, or the Papal States June 1800 - 1808. The difference is not significant here, since neither is otherwise represented in the puzzle. Although the Roman Republic was a French puppet state, it did have its own flag, and does not count as French in this puzzle.
* Veracruz, Viceroyalty of New Spain (now Mexico) - Spanish

The language and genders of the character names listed in the manifests are:

La Vierge du Bon Port
Officers
Captain: Henrick R. Janssen, Dutch, M
1stMate: Seigfried D. Munser, German, M
2ndMate: Margaret N. Salisbury, Anglophone, F
Boatswain: Hartmut R. Eckinger, German, M
Sailors
Cook: Dorothy W. Ramsey, Anglophone, F
Seaman: Carmel O'Brien, Irish, F
Seaman: Piperion Esquibel-Montero, Spanish, M
Seaman: William P. Cotton, Anglophone, M
Cabin Girl: Peggy R. Cobb, Anglophone, F

The Sea Fox
Officers:
Captain: Pulqueria Ceballos, Spanish, F
1st Mate: Roger B. Sheppard, Anglophone, M
2nd Mate: Christopher H. Weber, Anglophone, M
Boatswain: Gennadi B. Sidorov, Russian, M
Sailors:
Cook: Ronald McPherson, Anglophone, M
Seaman: Samuel E. Jennings, Anglophone, M
Seaman: Hu Wei-Xue, Chinese, ??
Seaman: James J. Graham, Anglophone, M
Cabin Girl: Charlotte C. Walpole, Anglophone, F

The Jonathan Cheswick
Officers:
Captain: Henry R. Owen, Anglophone, M
1st Mate: Vasya S. Kalinnikov, Russian, M
2nd Mate: Tjeerd R. De Smet, Dutch, M
Boatswain: Yan Fu-ju, Chinese, ??
Sailors:
Cook: Fabian A. Schubach, German, M
Seaman: Virginia A. Allen, Anglophone, F
Seaman: Martha F. Woodard, Anglophone, F
Seaman: Timothy W. Hester, Anglophone, M
Cabin Boy: Nigel N. Salisbury, Anglophone, M

Gouden Leeuw
Officers:
Captain: Elaine P. Wynn, Anglophone, F
1st Mate: Quentin P. Watson, Anglophone, M
2nd Mate: Arno Angélil, German first name, French last name, M
Boatswain: Margarita A. Jurivel, Spanish, F
Sailors:
Cook: Felipe C. Ivarruz-Vicaza, Spanish, M
Seaman: Gareth R. Cavendish, Anglophone, M
Seaman: Wilma W. Chapman, Anglophone, F
Seaman: Lemar D. Malcombe, Anglophone, M
Cabin Boy: Samuel K. Pickett, Anglophone, M

Officers:
Captain: Gertrude D. Hutchinson, Anglophone, F
1st Mate: Marietta N. Clarke, Anglophone, F
2nd Mate: Liao Jin-Zhong, Chinese, ??
Boatswain: Cecilia S. Ros-Gamiro, Spanish, F

Sailors:
Cook: Ruud D. Van Dijk, Dutch, M
Seaman: Alexander H. Frost, Anglophone, M
Seaman: Findlay C. Scott, Anglophone, M
Seaman: Quentin R. Callaghan, Anglophone, M
Cabin Boy: Tremaine L. Higgins, Anglophone, M

Passenger Manifest #1
Jeanette J. Ambard, French, F
Chiaffredo Milanesi, Italian, M
Nazzareno D. Conti, Italian, M
Jean-Louis Fleuette, French, M

Passenger Manifest #2
Austinafe Ajaranne, ??, ??
Jean-François Moreau, French, M
Louise-Violette Meserve, French, F
Uckbe Oronle, ?? ??

Passenger Manifest #3 Eileen Mac Ateer, Irish, F
Ylesme Arrce, ??, ??
Maura I. Kiley, Irish, F
Eannare Imke, ??, ??

Here, "Anglophone" means English, Scottish, American, Australian, or Jamaican. 1800 was before the Great Famine in Ireland, so a) the Irish diaspora to the colonies was less pronounced, making the presence of a clearly Irish name there less likely; in any case, and American or Australian (etc.) with an Irish name would also have had an Irish accent while speaking English; and b) a larger portion of Irish people spoke the Irish language, and so would not be "Anglophone" anyway. This distinction only gives really new information for one name.

Hint 2

Although Scots were more likely to be mixed up into other parts of the British Empire (or America) by 1800 than the Irish, they do still have distinctive names; this is a one-way inference. A person with a Scottish name is not necessarily Scottish, but a Scot will have a Scottish name. (For the purposes of the puzzle.) The Scottish names are Ronald McPherson and Findlay C. Scott

• ... wow! Impressive question. – Rand al'Thor Apr 2 '15 at 19:13
• The title of this puzzle is in no way misleading. – Ian MacDonald Apr 2 '15 at 21:00
• If gender is important, do you mind also listing the genders on the crew and passenger manifests, just so there's no confusion? – Ian MacDonald Apr 2 '15 at 21:06
• For several of the names, the fact that they are ambiguously gendered is a part of the puzzle. I will add the genders for the ones that are intended to be obvious. – brendan Apr 2 '15 at 21:30
• I give up (for now). If anybody wants them, my notes are here: gist.github.com/alexwlchan/dc4bd8ce5fc5ce440cc6 I make no claims for accuracy, but it might help somebody else get started. I want to see a complete answer as much as anybody else, but time and motivation are rapidly diminishing. – alexwlchan Apr 14 '15 at 21:52

This is long. Like, really long. Pull up a chair.

I’ve been working on this for several days, and I think it’s finally correct. I may have made a minor slip up somewhere – please let me know if I have! But I believe almost all of my deductions are correct, and the back of the puzzle is broken.

There have been three major versions of this answer:

1. My initial attempt exposed a few mistakes in the original question, which was edited.
2. I revised some of my magic to use the new clues, and I was able to complete the puzzle. But @GentlePurpleRain pointed out a mistake: I said the only duplicated name was “Samuel” (in Terry’s clue), when “Quentin” is also duplicated.
3. I've moved some of the logic around Terry. The result is the same, but now I prove that he’s not Quentin.

I won’t lie: if I was one of these castaways, I would have been killed by pirates long ago.

This answer is so long that spoiler blocks are impractical. Everything below this block will spoil you.

Nationality data

Start by filling in the grid with the accent/nationality of the party-goers and the manifests.

We immediately make the following deductions:

• Richard is the 2nd Mate of the Leeuw: Arno Angélil.
• The following people are all dead:

• Carmel O'Brien, seaman on the Vierge
• Hu Wei-Xue, seaman on the Sea Fox
• Fabian A. Schubach, cook on the Cheswick
• Ruud D. Van Dijk, cook on the Cavadonga

Who are the pirates?

Now we want to find the pirates. If we know who they are, then we can trust the other clues.

Here's what we can deduce:

• Larry is a pirate.

Debra refers to the "only male officer" on a ship. Every ship except the Cavadonga has at least two male officers, so she must be referring to Liao Jin-Zhong. There is one other Chinese officer on the manifest: Yan Fu-ju of the Cheswick.

Only one Chinese officer survived: Emily (female). It follows that Liao Jin-Zhong is dead, and Emily is Yan Fu-ju. (This means one of Debra's clues is true, so she is honest.)

Larry tells us that the Boatswain of the Cheswick (Yan Fu-ju) has full use of both hands, but Emily has a hook hand, so he must be lying. Thus Larry is a pirate.

I am assuming that pirates do not make statements with null references; i.e., that I can trust that when Debra refers to the "only male officer" on a ship, said officer does actually exist.

• At least one of Edward, Frank and Patrick is lying.

We can count 13 officers who survived, which means that 7 officers died. Now consider the following clues:

• Edward: only 1 officer survived aboard the Cheswick (so 3 died).
• Frank: at least 1 officer died on each ship.
• Patrick: 2 officers on the English ship survived (so 2 died).

If all three were correct, then at least 8 officers would be dead. Somebody is lying.

• Jason is a pirate.

Consider the two (incompatible) accounts:

• Rosemary tells us that each ship's name matches the language of its home country. Then the English ship would be either the Sea Fox or the Cheswick.
• Jason tells us that all the sailors aboard the English ship survived, but (at this point) we know that every ship except the Leeuw has lost at least one sailor, so the English ship would be the Leeuw.

Suppose Jason is honest. It must be that the Leeuw is the English ship, and all the sailors aboard survived. Then Rosemary is lying, and then so is Charles (as they both make the same statement).

But George tells us that only one sailor from the Leeuw survived, so he must be lying. Now we have five pirates: Larry, Rosemary, Charles, George, and one of Edward/Frank/Patrick.

• Either George or Paul is a pirate.

Consider the following two accounts:

• George tells us that only one sailor survived on the Gouden Leeuw.
• Paul tells us that there is a ship with no casualties among the sailors (this must be the Leeuw).

Clearly they cannot both be correct.

We have narrowed down the pirates as follows:

1. Jason
2. Larry
3. One of Edward, Frank and Patrick
4. One of George and Paul

Since we know there are exactly four pirates, we have "found" them all. Everybody else can be trusted to be honest.

Filling in the grid

With that in mind, we can fill in the grid.

First, let's just not some things that seem “obvious”, but now we have clarified:

• Brian tells us that each ship has a different flag.

• Per Rosemary, every ship is named in the language of its home country. Thus the Vierge is French, the Leeuw is Dutch and the Cavadonga is Spanish.

The Sea Fox and Cheswick are British and American, but which is which is not yet known.

• Kevin tells us that each of the ships set sail from a different port. (These ports are Boston, Bordeaux, Kingston, Rome and Vera Cruz.)

Note, however, that we cannot be sure each ship is sailing to a different destination, as this is one of Paul's clues, and he is a suspected pirate.

Officers

• Emily is Boatswain on the Cheswick.
• *The 2nd Mate of the Cavadonga has perished.

Let's start by sorting out some of the female officers:

• First, we note that the four female officers Ann, Debra, Josephine and Kimberly could occupy the following four roles:

• 2nd Mate on the Vierge
• Captain on the Leeuw
• Captain or 1st Mate on the Cavadonga

Since we have four survivors mapping to four roles, all four of these roles have survived.

(In particular, if we can prove that there is only one party-goer who could be a given role, then that party-goer must be that role. In general, this is not the case, as that role could have perished.)

• Ann was the 1st Mate on the Cavadonga.

She tells us that her superior officer is American. It then follows that:

• She is not 2nd Mate on the Vierge, as she would have Dutch and German superiors.
• She is not the captain of the Leeuw or the Cavadonga, as the captain does not have a superior officer.

It follows that she is the 1st Mate of the Cavadonga.

She also tells us that the captain of the Cavadonga is American, so we can rule out Debra. (We also learn this from Emily.)

• Kimberly is the captain of the Leeuw.

Josephine tells us that the captain of the Leeuw has a hook hand, and so we can rule out Josephine and Debra. This leaves Kimberly as the only option.

• Debra is 2nd Mate of the Vierge.

Kimberly tells us that all the 2nd Mates have eyepatches. Since Josephine does not, she is not a 2nd Mate. This leaves Debra.

• Josephine is captain of the Cavadonga.

(Process of elimination)

We can use Kimberly's clue to find another officer:

• Jason is the captain of the Vierge.

He is Dutch, and there are two surviving Dutch officers: captain of the Vierge, and 2nd Mate on the Cheswick. Since 2nd Mates do not have eye patches, Jason is not a 2nd Mate.

This means that the 2nd Mate of the Cheswick has perished.

And now we have enough information to pin down Carrie and Christina, the last two (surviving) female officers:

• There are three Spanish female officers: captain of the Sea Fox, Boatswain on the Leeuw, and Boatswain on the Cavadonga.

According to Jack, two of the captains died. Since we already have three surviving captains (Vierge, Leeuw and Cavadonga), the captains of the Sea Fox and Cheswick are dead.

• Christina is Boatswain on the Cavadonga.

She tells us that she is the only Spaniard on her ship. This means she is not on the Leeuw, as the cook of this ship is Spanish.

Therefore:

• Carrie is Boatswain on the Leeuw.

We can't quite finish off the officers, because we need to know which of Edward, Frank and Patrick are lying. Let's move on, and we'll come back to them later.

Sailors

Let's move on to fill in some of the sailor grid instead.

• Elizabeth is a cabin girl, so she must be aboard the Vierge or the Sea Fox. Thus Ryan is aboard one of these two ships also.

• Anthony is on the same ship as Margaret, who is a female sailor. There are no positions for female sailors on the Cavadonga, so Anthony cannot be on this ship.

• Christina tells us that Alexander Frost had an eyepatches, so if he survived, he is either George or Willie.

• Joseph was a cabin boy.

• According to Richard, none of the sailors on the Jonathan Cheswick were maimed, so we can rule out George, Patrick and Willie from working on this ship.

• The copy of Hamlet which Victoria finds has the initials G.R.C. inscribed in the cover. We may assume that if Gareth survived, he is George, as he is the only person with a “Shakespearean English” accent.

• As Jack found a grave for Virginia Allen, a seaman on the Cheswick, she must have perished.

• As Josephine is captain of the Cavadonga and hired a Jamaican with a peg leg for her cabin boy, if her cabin boy survived, he must be Patrick.

Once again, I seem to stuck. I can't see anything else we can deduce about the sailor grid, without going elsewhere. Let's move on and look at ships.

Ships

• We already have the nationalities of the Vierge, Leeuw and Cavadonga from Rosemary.

• Per Anthony, the French ship (the Vierge) is destined for Casa Blanca.

• Carrie tells us that the ship sailing out of Rome was a merchant ship.

She also tells us that there was a merchant ship with a bilingual 2nd Mate. The only bilingual officer on the manifest is the 2nd Mate of the Leeuw, so this must be a merchant ship. (We do not know if it is the same ship as in her first clue.)

• Debra tells us the American ship sailed out of Boston. Ryan tells us that only one ship was sailing out of its home country, so it follows that the French ship was not leaving Bordeaux.

• Debra also told that the only male officer on the ship to Bridgetown died, and we identified this ship as the Cavadonga.

• Jack tells us that the two whaling ships did not cary passengers. Combined with Victoria's statement (there were no passengers on the English ship), and we conclude that the English ship was a whaler.

• Since whaling ships cannot stop at Bridgetown (from Margaret), the English ship was not heading there. And the Spanish ship was sailing to Bridgetown (Richard), so it's not a whaler.

• Joseph tells us the ship from Vera Cruz was not an exploration vessel.

• Keith tells us that an exploration ship was sailing to Buenos Aires.

• Kimberly tells us that there was a ship sailing from Bordeaux to Charleston. Since Anthony and Margaret were aboard this ship, and every ship left from a different port, this cannot be the Cavadonga.

• The Leeuw was a merchant ship heading to Amsterdam, according to Raymond.

• We know that Jason was captain of the Vierge, and he claimed to be aboard a merchant ship. Since he is a pirate, the Vierge is not a merchant ship.

• Assuming Frank's clue does not contain a null reference, the ship sailing from Vera Cruz has passengers and so is not a whaler.

Now we can identify another pirate! This is what we know about the destination of each ship:

Vierge          Casa Blanca
Sea Fox         ???
Cheswick        ???
Leeuw           Amsterdam


We know from other clues that there is a ship heading for Buenos Aires (Keith) and Charleston (Kimberly). This means that all the ships are heading for different ports, which is one of Paul's clues.

So Paul is honest, and George is a pirate.

• Raymond is the cook aboard the Leeuw.

If Paul is honest, then there is one ship on which all the sailors survived. Earlier we showed that this must be the Leeuw, and Raymond is the only survivor left who could be the Leeuw's cook.

Note that the other possibility for Raymond (seamate 2 on the Vierge) has thus perished.

• The cooks on the other ships are dead.

This is Irene's clue: in particular, the cook on the Vierge and Sea Fox could both have been alive.

• Jack is seaman 2 (Findlay) on the Cavadonga.

Since he is Scottish, he was either the cook on the Sea Fox (Raymond) or the seaman on the Vierge (Findlay). Since Raymond is dead, he must be Findlay.

• George is seaman 1 (Gareth) on the Leeuw.

We know that Gareth survived (Paul tells us all the sailors from one ship survived; this is the Leeuw), and so from Victoria's clue (the copy of Hamlet with G.R.C. inscribed; see above), he is the only possibility for Gareth.

• Larry is the 1st Mate on the Vierge.

Raymond tells us that the Boatswain heading for Casa Blanca was killed. We now know that there is only one ship going to Casa Blanca, which is the Vierge.

We already knew that Larry was either the 1st Mate or Boatswain on the Vierge, and since he survived, he must be the 1st Mate.

Stowaways

Let's briefly consider the stowaways. We have enough information to find almost all of their first names and surnames.

• Debra found a stowaway named Albert (M).
• Elizabeth tells us of a stowaway named Natalie Warner (F).
• Irene gives us clues for two surnames: “one who makes arrows” (Fletcher) and “one that works with iron” (Smith).
• Josephine found a locket with the initials PF. This does not match anybody on the manifest, so it must belong to a stowaway.
• Kevin gives us a complicated clue about another surname.
• Kimberly tells us that one of the stowaways has the surname Parker.
• Raymond tells us of a stowaway whose initials were JS.
• Rosemary knows of a stowaway whose first name was Pete.
• Sherry found a stowaway named Marie.

Deductions we can make:

• We have five first names/initials (Albert, Natalie, Pete, Marie and J). Thus the P in PF is Pete.
• We have four surnames (Warner, Fletcher, Smith, Parker) and a clue from Kevin. His clue tells us that the final last initial is one of H, P or E (based on the first names of all the captains of non-whaling ships). Thus the F in PF is Fletcher.

Now we can give some stowaways their real names:

• Andrew is Pete Fletcher.

He lost a locket, and Josephine found a locket with the initials PF. It must be his locket.

• Jennifer is Natalie Warner.

Since Marie was found by Sherry, Marie must have been aboard a passenger-carrying ship. But Jennifer was on a whaling ship, and whalers do not carry passengers, so she must be the other stowaway.

• Irene is Marie, and Frank is Albert.

(Process of elimination.)

And some other stowaway-based deductions:

• Since Andrew was headed for Bridgetown, he is aboard the Cavadonga.

• The male stowaway on Richard's ship (the Leeuw) had no disfigurements, but both the surviving male stowaways have eye patches. It follows that there is no surviving stowaway from the Leeuw (per Lori, each stowaway is aboard a different ship).

• Terry tells us that he shares a name with one of the other crew members. Thus his name is either Samuel or Quentin.

He was on the same ship as Irene, so he is not sailing on the Leeuw or the Cavadonga. But the only sailor named Quentin is not on the Cavadonga, so he must be named Samuel, and the other is Samuel is either English or Australian.

(I'm assuming that as Patrick is Jamaican, neither of them are Terry's namesake.)

There is a Samuel on the Sea Fox and the Leeuw. We know that Irene is not aboard the Leeuw, so nor is Terry. Thus Terry is Seaman 1 on the Sea Fox, and Irene has stowed away on this ship.

• Debra found Albert (Frank) aboard the Vierge. It follows that Jennifer was aboard the Cheswick, and so the Cheswick is a whaler.

At this point, my strategy breaks down a little. I've filled in quite a lot of the grids, and the rest of my deductions are scattered all over the map.

• Anthony and Margaret were both going home to America (the port at Charleston). This means they were on the Sea Fox or the Cheswick, as the other ships are known not to be travelling to Charleston.

• Victoria is Maura I. Kiley, and she is sailing on the Leeuw.

Jack tells us that he found a grave for Eileen Mac Ateer. Victoria is Irish, and there were only two Irish passengers on the manifest. Since the first is dead, she must be the latter.

She tells us that she was on a boat with two Spaniards, which must be the Leeuw. It follows that the Leeuw is the ship of Passenger Manifest #3.

• According to Dennis, only the cabin boy/girl survived on the ship that sailed out of Kingston.

The Sea Fox, Leeuw and Cavadonga all have known survivors who are not cabin crew, so they are not sailing from Kingston. Note also that the surviving women sailors force a non-cabin survivor on the Cheswick: Seaman 2.

It follows that the Vierge is sailing out of Kingston. Then all the other crew on the Vierge is dead.

• Since Ryan is travelling with Elizabeth, who is a cabin girl, neither of them are aboard the Vierge. The only other cabin girl is on the Cheswick, so they must be on this ship.

We deduce that Elizabeth is the cabin girl and Ryan is seaman 3.

• We can deduce the nationality of the final two ships. Consider:

• We know the Cheswick is a whaler.
• We know that the Cheswick and Sea Fox are heading for Buenos Aires (ES) and Charleston (US), but we don't know which.
• We know that the English ship is a whaler.
• We know that the American ship must be heading to Buenos Aires as an explorer, because only one ship is heading for its home port, and this is the Leeuw.

It follows that the Cheswick is the English ship, and the Sea Fox is the American ship.

• We can trust Frank.

Since the Cheswick is the English ship, either Edward or Patrick is lying:

• Edward: only 1 officer survived aboard the Cheswick (so 3 died).
• Patrick: 2 officers on the English ship survived (so 2 died).

And so Frank is in the clear. He tells us that at least one officer died aboard each ship.

• Dennis is the 1st Mate of the Sea Fox, and Kevin is the 2nd Mate.

Dennis and Kevin fill two of three roles: 1st and 2nd Mate on the Sea Fox, and 1st Mate on the Leeuw.

Every officer aboard the Leeuw, except the 1st Mate, is known to have survived. So from Frank's clue, the 1st Mate on the Leeuw has died.

Since Dennis does not have an eye patch, he cannot be a 2nd Mate (Kimberly), and the result follows.

• Carrie tells us that the two English sailors on the Cavadonga hassled the Scotsman. We know who the Scotsman on the Cavadonga is (Jack, Seaman), but not the other sailors.

We also know that the cabin boy is Jamaican (Josephine) and the cook is Dutch (nationality/name). This means the other two seamen are English, and so we may rule out Edward and Patrick as seamen on this ship.

By a process of elimination, Willie is seaman 1, and Brian is seaman 3.

• Jennifer talks about a ship sailing between two non-English-speaking ports. Let's work out which this is:

• Not the Vierge, as it sails from Kingston
• Not the Sea Fox, as it sails from Boston
• Not the Cheswick, as it's going to Charleston
• Not the Cavadonga, as it's going to Bridgetown.

So she must be referring to the Leeuw. So far we know two sailors on this ship:

• Raymond, cook, Spanish
• George, seaman, (Shakespearean) English

She tells us that the ship has sailors from four different English-speaking countries. We may deduce that Joseph and Megan are not aboard the Leeuw (as there is already an English sailor.)

(This tells us that Joseph is cabin boy aboard the Cheswick.)

Then by a process of elimination, Edward is the cabin boy (Australian) and Patrick is seaman 3 (Jamaican). Since Anthony is not aboard this ship, Margaret is not seaman 2, so this must be Lori (America).

By a process of elimination, we deduce the final three sailors:

• Anthony and Margaret are both seamen on the Cheswick
• Megan is the cabin girl on the Vierge
• We know the Cavadonga is not a whaler, and we know the non-whaling purposes of the Sea Fox and Leeuw. Since there are two whalers, the Vierge must be a whaler also.

We can now identify the final pirate:

• We know from Christina that the two whaling ships (the Vierge and the Cheswick) have the same casualty rates.

Five sailors and officers have died on the Vierge. Only four are confirmed to have died on the Cheswick, and possibly one more (depending on whether Keith is on the Sea Fox or Cheswick).

We deduce that Keith is the Boatswain on the Sea Fox, and the 1st Mate of the Cheswick died.

So Edward is honest, and Patrick is lying.

(We could have spotted this sooner – Patrick is on the Leeuw, which is not a whaling ship, but he claims that he is.)

In summary, the four pirates are George, Jason, Larry and Patrick.

A few more notes before I summarise the results:

• Sherry found Irene/Marie in her luggage. Since Irene was aboard the Sea Fox, so are Gary and Sherry.

• When Jennifer refers to a ship carrying Signor Milanesi and Signor Conti, this must be either the Sea Fox or the Cavadonga (passenger carrying ship; not the Leeuw because it's attached to a different manifest).

The cook on both of these ships died, so Signor Milanesi must also be dead. It follows that Paul (the only surviving Italian passenger) is Conti.

• Charles was overseeing a business venture, so he and Rosemary were not aboard the Sea Fox (which was an explorer).

• Kevin's clue about a stowaway's surname refers to the “westward-sailing whaler”. The Vierge is sailing Kingston to Casa Blanca (eastward), while the Cheswick is sailing Bordeaux to Charleston (westward).

The captain of the Cheswick is Henry R. Owen, so one of the stowaways has the last name Henry.

So we know that the surnames of Marie and Albert are Henry and Parker (as the dead stowaway was JS).

Kimberly tells us that Parker had a “devil-may-care attitude about life”. Since Albert/Frank has an eyepatch, but Marie/Irene is unmaimed, I'm going to assume this means that Frank is Parker.

• Since Charles and Rosemary both survived from the same ship, they must be on the merchant ship leaving Rome. (The ship from Vera Cruz lost three passengers.)

• The Cavadonga and Leeuw are sailing out of Rome and Vera Cruz. Since Ryan tells us only one ship is sailing out of its home country, and the American ship is already sailing out of Boston, we deduce the Cavadonga is sailing out of Rome. And thus it is a merchant ship.

• The ship sailing out of Vera Cruz (the Leeuw) lost three passengers (Frank), so Victoria/Maura are the only survivors from passenger manifest #1.

• Since Charles and Gary are travelling for different purposes, they must be on different ships. We deduce that:

• Gary is Jean-Louis Fleuette on manifest #1, and since he's funding a discovery mission, this must be the Sea Fox
• Sherry is Jeanette J. Ambard
• Charles and Rosemary are Austinafe Ajaranne and Uckbe Oronle (but I don't know which is which) on manifest #2, and aboard the Cavadonga.

Summary

An X next to a name means this person was a pirate.

Officers:

  Party-goer    Ship          Position        Real name
========================================================================
Carrie        Leeuw         Boatswain
Debra         Vierge        2nd Mate
Dennis        Sea Fox       1st Mate
Emily         Cheswick      Boatswain
X Jason         Vierge        Captain
Keith         Sea Fox       Boatswain
Kevin         Sea Fox       2nd Mate
Kimberly      Leeuw         Captain
X Larry         Vierge        1st Mate
Richard       Leeuw         2nd Mate


Passengers:

  Party-goer    Ship          Position        Real name
========================================================================
Anthony       Cheswick      Seaman 3
Edward        Leeuw         Cabin boy
Elizabeth     Sea Fox       Cabin girl
X George        Leeuw         Seaman 1
Joseph        Cheswick      Cabin boy
Lori          Leeuw         Seaman 2
Margaret      Cheswick      Seaman 2
Megan         Vierge        Cabin girl
X Patrick       Leeuw         Seaman 3
Raymond       Leeuw         Cook
Ryan          Sea Fox       Seaman 3
Terry         Sea Fox       Seaman 1


Passengers:

  Party-goer    Real name               Ship
========================================================================
Charles       (Either Austinafe Ajaranne or Uckbe Oronle)
Gary          Jean-Louis Fleuette     Sea Fox
Paul          Nazzareno D. Conti      Sea Fox
Rosemary      (Either Austinafe Ajaranne or Uckbe Oronle)
Sherry        Jeanette J. Ambard      Sea Fox
Victoria      Maura I. Kiley          Leeuw


Stowaways:

  Party-goer    Real name               Ship
========================================================================
Frank         Albert Parker           Vierge
Irene         Marie Henry             Sea Fox
Jennifer      Natalie Warner          Cheswick


Ships:

  Ship        Type        Home country    Last port       Destination
========================================================================
Vierge      Whaler      France          Kingston        Casa Blanca
Sea Fox     Explorer    America         Boston          Buenos Aires
Cheswick    Whaler      England         Bordeaux        Charleston
Leeuw       Merchant    Netherlands     Vera Cruz       Amsterdam