Captain Smollett was a human man.
A strong and authoritative navy officer, Captain Smollett (of the Hispaniola) was hired by Squire Trelawney for his journey to Treasure Island to find Captain Flint's loot. Smollett, wary of pirates and would-be-mutineers, insisted on handpicking his crew and checking all their references, a slow process that made Trelawney take a dislike to the "paranoid" captain and seek out his own crew with the help "innocent innkeeper" Long John Silver. Smollett's worries were soon vindicated as Silver and his crew proved to be former pirates who launched a mutiny, but, alongside Trelawney, Doctor Livesey, Jim Hawkins and the handful of honest seamen hired by Smollett before Silver's interference, they were able to gain the upper hand, and Smollett returned to England with a share of the treasure (though he had been wounded in battle).
Behind the scenes
Captain Smollett appeared in the 1950 film Treasure Island and a few other Disney adaptations and parodies of the Treasure Island story. Among these is Muppet Treasure Island, in which the role is played by Kermit the Frog.
In the original novel, his first name is given as Alexander.
Treasure Planet, which is in essence a space opera retelling of the Treasure Island story, has the female Captain Amelia as its counterpart to Captain Smollett.
- Basil Sydney (Treasure Island)