Vander Decken was the first captain of the Flying Dutchman.
According to legend, Vander Decken went deranged one night and murdered his own crew, defying even heaven itself, and incurring the wrath of God. Though legends do have their inaccuracies, it was only clear that he was mad. Another story tells us that Vander Decken was caught in a storm. A ship that had been travelling next to his asked him if he was going to go into port Vander Decken spoke and said "May I be eternally damned if I do, though I should beat about here 'till the day of judgment." And do he did. Pirates claimed they saw the "Flying Dutchman" in a storm after it had sunk.
Abilities and PowersEdit
During his life Vander Decken managed to develop a fearsome reputation and eventually his legend spread around the world. According to legend, Vander Decken was cursed. However, Pappug did state that legends tend to exaggerate so the legend of Vander Decken is not entirely credible.
According to legend, on a stormy day hundreds of years ago, Vander Decken suddenly became deranged and began killing off his crew mates by throwing them off the ship. He then invoked the wrath of God by defying him. As a punishment, he and his ship were forced to wander the seas forever. However, though it was clear that Decken was mad, as legends tend to exaggerate, several points are debatable.
Death and LegacyEdit
Vander Decken came to the ocean floor to search for a legendary Mermaid Princess who would have the power to command Sea Kings. Unfortunately, he never achieved his goal. He ultimately died on Fishman Island and the knowledge of the mermaid princess of legend was passed down to his descendants, who have been piloting the Flying Dutchman ever since. The current captain is his eighth generation grandson, Vander Decken IX, who found the princess of legend, but failed to marry her as he was arrested.
- The captain of the Flying Dutchman was unnamed in the original legend. The first version of the legend as a story was printed in "Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine", which names the captain 'Van der Dekken'. The name means "of the deck" and was also used in the Gothic novel "The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat.
- As his eighth generation grandson is a fishman, it is possible that the first Decken himself (or somewhere along his family tree) was at least related to the species.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 606 and Episode 525, Brook speaks of the legend of Vander Decken.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 610 and Episode 529, Pappug explains that Decken's legend is exaggerated.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 63 Chapter 625 and Episode 545, Decken IX speaks of his ancestor's goal of finding the Mermaid Princess.