|Character from||Aubrey-Maturin novels|
|Ships served on||Most if not all of Aubrey's commands|
|Affiliation|| Great Britain,|
|First Appearance|| Master and Commander|
Bonden first serves under Aubrey as the coxswain and captain of the maintop in the 14-gun brig HMS Sophie. He is described as "a fine open-looking creature, tough without brutality, cheerful, perfectly in his place and, of course, a prime seaman - bred to the sea from childhood."
Aubrey asks Bonden during this voyage, to become a member of the quarter-deck, but Bonden declines, responding, "I ain't got the learning, sir.". Nevertheless, Bonden's obvious abilities and trustworthiness enable Aubrey to entrust him with many missions of his own, several of which involve looking after Maturin during Maturin's activities as an intelligence agent. He is often manning the helm, as shown in the 2003 movie. Bonden also proves to be valuable, in commanding Jack's barge, and in always taking care to get the perpetually clumsy doctor safely on and off ship. Maturin returns the favor by teaching Bonden how to read and write. Bonden, along with his cousin, Joe Plaice, follows Aubrey from ship to ship, until an unfortunate twenty-four pound shot from a treasure-laden African galley strikes his gun, killing him.
Movie appearance Edit
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) - played by Billy Boyd