Most people must have been very familiar to “Davy Jones’ Locker.” Basically, as a fanciful character in the amazing Pirates of the Carribean movie series. Davy Jones is the captain of the ghost ship, Flying Dutchman and he is represented by Bill Nighy.
However, the memoir of Davy Jones’ Locker, in reality, is, in fact, contrasting to the tale interpreted in the movie. The Davy Jones’ Locker isn’t literally the octopus-faced captain that people used to know in the Pirates of the Carribean. But veritably, a special feature or term used for the bottom of the sea denoting death. Which means, the sate of death encompassed by sunken shipwrecks and drowned seamen.
Customarily, the term Davy Jones’ Locker is used as an expression for drowning, sinking, or shipwrecks. In which, ships and seamen remains are relegated at the bottom of the sea. Aside from the simplest implication of this idiom, “the bottom of the sea,” Davy Jones’ Locker is also known as the mythical resting place of the drowned sailors.
History of Davy Jones’ Locker
The very first known remarks of the negative implication of Davy Jones’ actually appears in the Four Years Voyages of Capt. George Roberts. This was written by Daniel Defoe and published in London in the year 1726. According to this author:
“Some of Loe’s Company said, They would look out some things, and give me along with me when I was going away; but Ruffel told them, they should not, for he would toss them all into Davy Jones’ Locker if they did.”
Published in the year 1751, another depiction of Davy Jones’ Locker appears in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle by Tobias Smollett. Based on this author:
“This same Davy Jones, according to sailors, is the fiend that presides over all the evil spirits of the deep, and is often seen in various shapes, perching among the rigging on the eve of hurricanes:, ship-wrecks, and other disasters to which sea-faring life is exposed, warning the devoted wretch of death and woe.”
The sources of the legend of Davy Jones’ Locker is quite vague or uncertain. As a matter of fact, it has many speculations and different versions have been recognized:
The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable in 1898 links Dave to the West Indian duppy, while the term Jones, to the biblical character Jonah. According to E. Cobham Brewer:
“He’s gone to Davy Jones’s locker, i.e. he is dead. Jones is a corruption of Jonah, the prophet, who was thrown into the sea. Locker, in seaman’s phrase, means any receptacle for private stores; and duppy is a ghost or spirit among the West Indian negroes. So the whole phrase is, “He is gone to the place of safekeeping, where duppy Jonah was sent to.”
- That, in the year 1630’s, David Jones was a pirate who lives in the Indian Ocean.
- Also known as Duffer Jones who was notably a near-sightedness mariner who usually found himself overboard.
- That, he’s a British bar owner who apparently threw drunken seamen into his intoxicating locker. And, have these sailors to be drafted in any vessel. He may be the owner of the pub who is described in the “Jones’ Ale is Newe” song in 1594.
- Interpreters regard it most logical that Davy was stimulated by Saint David of Wales. The name was frequently invoked by the Whalessailors, and Jones by Jonah in the Bible.
From the 19th century up to the 21st century, there have been such intriguing story versions of the Davy Jones’ Locker. Nevertheless, without regard to the diverse adaptation or rendition of either the term or fictional character, Davy Jones is generally understood by most as a spooky mysterious element in the oceanic realm.