This article is about the ship from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. For films' ship, see the Black Pearl.

The Wicked Wench is the attacking pirate ship in the Disney parks attraction Pirates of the Caribbean.

History

Background

The Wicked Wench was a pirate-ship during the golden-age of piracy during the 18th century. It had 18 guns, 3 masts, and a crimson hull with ornate gold plating. Many of the details of the ship seem to imply that it was Spanish in origin before being converted for piracy.

During one particular raid, the Wicked Wench attacked the Spanish island colony of Isla Tesoro in the Caribbean, a raid in which the seemed to come out successfully. The crew went on to build a lair within the subterranean grottos of the island where they all met their deaths, seemingly at the hands of a curse affiliated with their blood money.

Development History

The Wicked Wench is the name of the pirate ship from the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. In 2003, The Wicked Wench was the original name used in production for the vessel which would eventually become known as, The Black Pearl. In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the titular ship serves as an analogue to the vessel from the ride.

Since then, different pieces of media regarding the film franchise has since incorporated the Wench into the film mythos. Additionally, as of 2006 elements from the film have progressively been incorporated into the ride's depiction of the Wench.

Appearances

Pirates of The Caribbean (film series)

The Black Pearl

In the tie-in books made for the original film series, it would be explained that the Black Pearl's original name was in-fact the Wicked Wench from when it was used as a slaving-ship by the East India Trading Company. Captain Jack Sparrow held a great love for the ship but refused to use it to transport slaves and released 1000 men and woman who were being transported on it. This lead to Cutler Beckett having the Wench burned down and having Sparrow branded as a pirate.

Following this, Jack made a faustian bargain with Davy Jones where Jones would return the Wench from the depths for Jack to captain for 13 years before going on to be a slave aboard the Flying Dutchman. When Jones returned the ship, its hull was scorched black leading to Jack renaming it to the Black Pearl.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the name of the ship where Jack Sparrow originally defeats Captain Salazar, acquires his compass, and is named Captain is called the Wicked Wench. This does seem to retcon the prior tie-in work however the canonicity of this film can be disputed however due to it containing information which contradicts prior PotC films (E.G., Jack getting his compass from a pirate in Dead Men Tell No Tales but explicitly having gotten it from Tia Dalma in the 2nd film or Jack having been a pirate youth in the 5th film but having explicitly worked for the East India Trading Company in the 2nd and 3rd).

Disney Parks

Pirates of the Caribbean (attraction)

1967-2006

The crew of the Wicked Wench was shown attacking the Spanish isle in the attraction in-search of its treasure while being lead by a pirate-captain resembling the infamous Blackbeard. Guests passed by the ship in combat and narrowly dodged by stray cannon-fire in the water from the vessel and the fortress it was engaged in battle with.

2006-present

The Wicked Wench is currently portrayed as attacking the port of Puerto Dorado on the island of Isla Tesoro. They are seen being captained by one Hector Barbossa who is not only in-search of the treasure, but Jack Sparrow as-well who the island seemed to be harbouring.

Trader Sam's

A miniature of the Wicked Wench can be found in Trader Sam's where it is shown as a ship in a bottle. When a drink known as the shipwreck is ordered, the bottle comes to life and starts sinking into the ocean as the cast-members of the bar start acting out roles of pirates abandoning ship.

It is possible that this is intended to show the Wicked Wench's fate was being lost at sea. It is also possible that Sam's bottled ship is the actual Wicked Wench itself, having been captured in the bottle similarly to how Blackbeard captured ships in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Other Appearances

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

In Kinect Disneyland Adventures, the ship is being used by enemy pirates commanded by Blackbeard (who visually is clearly made to be Barbossa). The Wench attacks the ship of Black Barty with the player fighting hordes of pirates before boarding the Wench.

Trivia

  • The Jolly Roger flown by the Wicked Wench is the same flag which was historically used by the pirates Blackbeard and Richard Worley.
  • The shield of a crest with four divisions used to appear on the back of the Wench, before the 2006 refurbishment in Disneyland and can still be seen in Walt Disney World. The symbols on this crest were a single fleur-de-lise on the top left, a chequy on the bottom left, a lozenge in the top-right, one identified section and a gold rim.
  • Due to the blurred canonicity between the ride, the movies, spin-off material, and the different refurbishments, much of the history of how the Wicked Wench pirate ship pertains to its own mythos is a mystery.
    • It is unknown whether or not the original pirate captain (possibly Blackbeard) existed as captain of the ship and was later usurped by Barbossa. Given that in his lifetime, Blackbeard had a small fleet of ships at his disposal it is possible that the Wench was one of them.
    • It is unknown if the Black Pearl and the Wicked Wench are intended to be separate ships or the same ship as they were in the film series. Given Barbossa's position as captain it is possible that they are the same ship and merely analogous o one another, however direct references to the Black Pearl exist throughout the Disney Parks. It is possible that the two vessels merely shared the same name, possibly being sister-vessels or possibly being named after one-another.
  • Sometimes the Wicked Wench is theorized to be the beached ship seen in the grotto scenes of the attraction with the skeletal helmsman aboard. This is very much possible but it should be noted, an old (now defunct) narration stated the beached ship as being, "The Royal Fortune".
  • Barbossa becoming the captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has sometimes been taken as an allusion to how in the ride, Barbossa took over as the Wicked Wench's captain from the Blackbeard inspired captain.
  • The Wicked Wench's appearance in Trader Sam's is a recycled effect from the defunct Adventurers Club which itself took the effect from storage after it was made by imagineer Yale Gracey for an unused bar which would have been based on the film Splash.

Gallery


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Media
Films: The Curse of the Black PearlDead Man's ChestAt World's EndOn Stranger TidesDead Men Tell No Tales

Short film: Tales of the Code: Wedlocked
Books: Jack Sparrow prequel novelsPirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren CourtPirates of the Caribbean: The Price of FreedomPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual GuidePirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Ultimate Sticker Book)
Video games: Pirates of the CaribbeanThe Legend of Jack SparrowPirates of the Caribbean OnlineDisney UniverseKingdom Hearts IIPirates of the Caribbean Multiplayer MobileLEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video GamePirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndPirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the DamnedPirates of the Caribbean (pinball)Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestPirates of the Caribbean: Master of the SeasDisney InfinityDisney Heroes: Battle ModeKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Sorcerer's Arena

Disney Parks
Treasure CovePiratelandPirate TakeoverA Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven SeasEl Teatro FandangoJungle River Cruise: Pirate Takeover!Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer IslandPirates of the CaribbeanPirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken TreasureShipwreck ShoreSiren's RevengeThe Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow

Entertainment: Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate TutorialEye of the Storm: Captain Jack's Stunt SpectacularFantasmic!Pirates Summer Battle "Get Wet!"
Restaurants: Blue Bayou RestaurantPintel & Ragetti's Grub to GrabThe Snackin’ KrakenTortuga TavernTortuga Treats
Shops: Doubloon MarketJolly GypsyPirates LeaguePirate Treasure
Fireworks: Celebrate the MagicDisney Movie MagicFantasy in the SkyHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightMagic, Music and MayhemThe Magic, the Memories and YouRemember... Dreams Come TrueWorld of Color
Halloween: Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadePirates of the Caribbean Ghost TrailThe Nightmare Experiment

Characters
The Curse of the Black Pearl: Jack SparrowHector BarbossaJoshamee GibbsWill TurnerElizabeth SwannJames NorringtonGovernor Weatherby SwannPintel and RagettiJack the MonkeyCottonMartyMurtogg and MullroyTheodore GrovesAnamariaCotton's ParrotGilletteGiselleScarlettBo'sunJacobyKoehlerTwiggWeatherby
Dead Man's Chest: Davy JonesCutler BeckettIan MercerTia DalmaKrakenBootstrap Bill TurnerMaccusClankerPenrodAnglerRatlinKolenikoHadrasPalificoOgilveyCrashWyvernGreenbeardJimmy LegsLeechPelegostos Tribe
At World's End: Sao FengTai HuangEduardo VillanuevaSri Sumbhajee AngriaCapitaine ChevalleAmmand the CorsairMistress ChingCaptain TeagueMoreyGreitzer
On Stranger Tides: AngelicaBlackbeardPhilip SwiftSyrenaGarhengSalamanScrumDerrickGunnerQuartermasterMarinaMermaids of Whitecap BayTamaraSpaniardKing FerdinandKing George IIRedcoats
Dead Men Tell No Tales: Captain SalazarLesaroHenry TurnerCarina SmythUncle JackScarfieldShansa
Tales of the Code: MungardMarquis d'Avis
Attraction: ReddAuctioneerTalking SkullPrison DogHook Hand PirateSkeleton HelmsmanBarker BirdBeacon JoeThe Pooped PirateOld BillCarlosFortune RedCaptain GoreTom SawyerSkeleton PillagerSkeleton Pirate CaptainPirate Robber
Video Games: Black BartyJolly Roger

Books: MontezumaJames the Mysterious

Organizations
Crew of the Black PearlCursed CrewCrew of the Flying DutchmanEast India Trading CompanyBrethren CourtSpaniard's crewBlackbeard's Zombie OfficersCrew of the Silent MaryCrew of the Wicked Wench
Locations
Isla TesoroDead Man's CovePort Royal, JamaicaFort CharlesTortugaIsla de MuertaPelegostosIsla CrucesSingaporeDavy Jones' LockerShipwreck CoveLondon, EnglandSpainWhitecap BayFountain of Youth
Ships/Boats
Wicked WenchBlack PearlFlying DutchmanQueen Anne's RevengeHMS InterceptorHMS DauntlessHMS EndeavorJolly MonBarnacleDying GullSilent MaryThe Sailing Ship Columbia
Objects
Jack Sparrow's hatJack Sparrow's swordJack Sparrow's compassCursed TreasureTreasure of CortésElizabeth Swann's gold medallionRagetti's wooden eyeJar of DirtDavy Jones' pipe organKey to the Dead Man's ChestDead Man's ChestMao Kun MapPirata CodexJack Sparrow's Pirate BeadsSword of TritonJack Sparrow Voodoo DollChalices of CartagenaDark MagicVoodoo
Music
"Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" • Theme park soundtrackSoundtrack Treasures CollectionSwashbuckling Sea Songs1966 soundtrackThe Medallion CallsHe's a PiratePirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack)Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (soundtrack)Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (soundtrack)Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (soundtrack)Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (soundtrack)Pirates RemixedHoist the ColoursMy Jolly Sailor Bold
See Also
Pirates of the Caribbean Trading Card GameLiar's Dice
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