|Title|| Navigator |
Royal Governor of New Providence Island
|Ships|| Colonial Dawn|
Charles Vane's schooner
|Relationships|| Jack Rackham (Captain)|
|Appearances|| First appearance: XIII.|
Last appearance: XXXVIII.
|Portrayed by||Craig Jackson|
- "At the end of the day, our men can count. Most of them can count."
Augustus Featherstone is a pirate of good reputation in Nassau and the quartermaster of the Colonial Dawn; not much of a fighter, but a man who knows his sailing-craft. He is in love with the prostitute Idelle who manipulates him into making Jack Rackham their new captain. After a rocky start, they eventually recover the Urca gold together. Afterwards, Featherstone briefly joins Charles Vane's crew, until English governance of Nassau is re-established. He soon returns to piracy supporting the pirates rebellion.
At the end of the series, he becomes the new Governor of Nassau, with Idelle at his side.
Season Two Edit
Featherstone is an influential pirate in Nassau, and navigator of the Colonial Dawn. He is very much in love with the prostitute Idelle. Idelle relays the information she learned from Featherstone, which is that his crew was badly split over whether to back Flint or Charles Vane in their battle over Fort Nassau. Featherstone believes that if he backs another man as captain, at least 28 of his men will follow. The cunning madam of the brothel, Max, persuades Idelle to manipulate Featherstone into joining Jack Rackham’s crew, along with the 28 other men and their ship. After a lengthy night together in bed, Featherstone agrees.
During the bombardment of Fort Nassau, Rackham and Featherstone work out the details of their crew. Featherstone watches while Jack critiques and fusses over Charlotte's sketches of possible flags for their crew. Featherstone remarks that he has never sailed with a captain this particular about the banner. Rackham responds that the crew's banner is a sacred thing, and in a world where they all have the same guns and swords, great art is what makes the difference. Featherstone tells Jack that they have bigger issues to worry about, such as the procurement of stores and signing of articles. Jack says he is fine with the draft articles but Featherstone says the men aren't. At that moment, Anne Bonny walks up and asks if they are making progress. Jack says there is a problem with the articles and Featherstone says it can wait, as the attack on the fort isn't stopping anytime soon.
Featherstone has Idelle discreetly bring Jack upstairs. Featherstone explains that the crew has an issue with women being entitled to a share. Jack defends Max being entitled to a share, for she will provide leads on prizes. Featherstone admits that he can convince the crew of this, however, the new crew will not accept his partner Anne Bonny on the crew, due to her reputation as a crew killer.
Jack informs Anne of this, and she storms off. On their maiden voyage, Featherstone tells Jack that if he needs any help, he will be there to provide it. Jack is confused, and Featherstone explains that he had heard that Jack's role on the Ranger was almost purely political, and that Vane had been the sailor. Featherstone tries to reassure Jack that he is not the first man to learn how to captain a ship after being named captain. The True North is then spotted, and according to Max it is heavily insured so it will surrender without a fight. Rackham then orders the crew to strike their main and fore sails and to steer in the opposite direction of the ship. Featherstone is surprised, but realizes Jack did it to make their ship nimbler and that they'll be able to get right behind the merchantman and steal her wind, which he notes with amusement. Rackham and the crew successfully capture the merchantman, the True North. However, a second pirate ship, the Goliath, pulls alongside, also claiming the prize. A tense negotiation ensues between Rackham and the other pirate captain, Linus Harcourt. Harcourt quickly recognizes Rackham’s inexperience, and offers him just one tenth of the profit. Rackham goes over the deal with Featherstone in a sidebar. Featherstone believes that they should take the deal, for the men can see that they are outnumbered and outgunned. Rackham believes that he will be voted out if he takes the deal. Rackham decides to fight Harcourt man-to-man, albeit without due notice. Rackham comes out on top thanks to a lucky slash at Harcourt’s throat. He announces that Harcourt wanted to kill every member of the merchant crew, which Rackham could not abide, and orders his crew to free the merchant sailors and arm them. With overwhelming numbers on their side, Jack asks the Goliath's crew if anyone will negotiate with him. He then negotiates more reasonable terms with the Goliath's Quartermaster.
Meanwhile, Rackham’s partner, Max, learns the location of the Urca gold. Rackham and Featherstone quietly begin preparations to retrieve the gold, and store it in the fortress. However, when merchant queen Eleanor Guthrie figures out what they are up to, she sends men to kill them. That night, the men attack Rackham and Featherstone in their tent, but Bonny reappears and kills both assassins.
Taking refuge in the brothel, Max insists that they must leave immediately. The Spanish men on the beach put up an admirable fight, but Rackham’s crew win the day. They return to Nassau with not only the Colonial Dawn, but also the salvaged Walrus in order to carry all the gold.
Over time, Idelle and Featherstone have become something of a couple, although Idelle still works in the brothel.
Season Three Edit
Featherstone is now acting as Charles Vane’s quartermaster, hunting what they thinks is a Dutch merchantman. As they approach, the Dutch captain begins to throw his actual cargo overboard; slaves. Vane puts out longboats for the slaves, but continues his pursuit, eventually capturing the merchantman and killing the captain.
Back in Nassau, news reaches the port of the imminent arrival of Woodes Rogers and a fleet, intent on re-establishing English governance. Rackham tries to rally the pirates for the defence of Nassau, but the pirates fight to save the port proves short-lived. Governor Rogers offers all the pirates pardons and most accept. Rackham, Vane, Bonny and their crew are stuck in the fort with men slowly gathering for the bounty on Vane. Featherstone informs the three that the crew have voted to give up Vane. Rackham is force to acknowledge that the defence of Nassau is over and comes up with a new plan; to destroy a portion of the fort so Vane can escape with Blackbeard’s fleet.
Having re-established English control of Nassau, Featherstone accepts the pardon. He seeks reassurance from Idelle that she still loves him now that he is no longer a pirate. However, he soon starts to drift back towards the pirates. When Vane returns to Nassau seeking Rackham and Bonny and their cache of pearls, Featherstone tells him that Rackham has been arrested, and Bonny is to exchange the cache of pearls for his release.
Featherstone tries to enlist Idelle to betray Max, and find out where the exchange is to happen. Idelle is reluctant at first, until Max employs the hated Mrs. Mapleton as the new madam in the brothel. She finally agrees.
Featherstone again enlists Idelle to learn the route that the convoy will use to transport Rackham and the cache to the Spanish. However, during the ambush Charles Vane is arrested. Featherstone helps Billy Bones rouses hatred for Eleanor as a tyrant, and the demand for Vane to tried fairly in Nassau, rather than be shipped off to England. This should give them enough time to mount a rescue. However, Eleanor catches wind of the rabble-rousers and fast-tracks Vane’s trial and conviction overnight. The next day, before being hanged, Vane delivers a calm, heart-wrenching speech designed to stir up rebellion against English rule.
Season Four Edit
Featherstone continues to work as a spy in Nassau for the Pirate Resistance. He tries to send word to the Pirate Fleet warning them not to enter Nassau's harbor, for Woodes Rogers has scuttled three hulks in the bay to ground the pirate ships should they arrive. However, Max intercepts his messenger. The Pirate Fleet attempts to invade Nassau with disastrous results. When Flint and his men rendezvous with Billy Bones, Flint yells at Billy for not warning them. Billy replies that he did, and Featherstone was supposed to warn them. Flint replies that Featherstone has screwed them. Featherstone and Idelle watch the gallows in the square being built from the Tavern. Max eventually confronts Idelle and Featherstone over their spying for the pirate rebels; it was she who intercepted the warning about the underwater wrecks barricading the harbour. She’ll let it slide, but no more, if they value their lives.
When Governor Rogers invites the Spanish to sack Nassau, Featherstone escapes with Idelle on a ship. Meeting up with Jack Rackham, Featherstone wants to leave before the Spanish fleet spots them, but Rackham opts to wait for anyone who survives the day before escaping. In the meantime, Max tries to make peace with Anne Bonny but she wants none of it. Heartbroken, Max stands alone on the deck. It’s Featherstone that tries to console her. Maybe with some self-awareness, Max wonders how they can have nothing left, having sacrificed so much.
Afterwrds, Featherstone becomes Jack's quartermaster again as they travel to Philadelphia and make the deal with Eleanor's grandmother. On route to Skeleton Island, the old pirate who once sailed with Henry Avery suffers a heart attack and it's up to Featherstone to successfully navigate them to the uncharted island.
After defeating Woodes Rogers, Jack and Max finalise the deal with Marion Guthrie to revitalise Nassau as a legitimate flourishing port. However, Max refuses to marry an easily manipulated man from society to act as the new Governor, for fear that it will ruin her chances of rekindling things with Bonny. In the end, Governor Augustus Featherstone is seen shaking hands with yet more respectable business partner, with Idelle at his side. From the balcony opposite, Max looks on with a smile, the real power behind the throne.
- Featherstone is laughed at by Max and Rackham when he suggests that they hide the gold by burying it. Of course, this is what eventually happens to the gold and is the central plot point for Treasure Island.
Memorable Quotes Edit
"At the end of the day, our men can count. <pause> Most of them can count." - Featherstone.
"Signed my name, and my account with the law is now square. A few hours ago, any magistrate in the Empire would have hanged me without hesitation. Children would have cheered, women would have taken comfort; one less villain in the world. Men would have looked on in awe, wondering what adventures and mischief they'd missed in their lives that I'd lived in mine." - Featherstone.