Written by Mr. Mouseburger 25th Mar 2006
Kindly submitted by Kooshmeister
Captain Daniels, the captain of the Texas Rose has been, throughout the adventure, presented as one of the good guys. Irritable (and irritating) to be sure, but definitely there when you need him. More is the pity when, after everyone has escaped from Atlantis and returned to the Texas Rose, it is suddenly revealed that Daniels was the man who shot and almost killed Charles Aitken's father, Professor Aitken, all because, like his three mutinous crewmen, Daniels wanted the golden Atlantean statue for himself.
Turning into a sneering, snide whiplash-esque baddy, Daniels orders the surviving mutineers Grogan and Fenn to lock up Charles and Greg Collinson below decks with Sandy the cabin boy and the injured Professor. Precisely what he plans to do with them is never revealed, because before the Captain and his men can even think about setting sail, the Atlanteans' pet giant octopus surfaces alongside the ship, intent on reclaiming the golden statue.
Greg, Charles and the others manage to make their escape but Daniels is not so lucky. After many fistfights and molestations by flailing rubber tentacles, Daniels attempts to escape by taking the Texas Rose's only lifeboat and leave everyone, including Grogan and Fenn, behind to die.
However, Daniels failed to realize that going for the lifeboat forces him to scurry across the deck of the ship, exposed. The octopus has since lifted up the golden statue and been using it to hit the ship with, and, seeing Daniels, takes special care to give him a good wallop with it. The statue, being roughly eight feet tall, made of solid gold, and being wielded by such a powerful animal, succeeds in turning Daniels into a greasy smear on the deck.