Dan Seavey
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Actor Hugh Thompson
Seen Pirates of the Great Lakes
Gender Male
Status Historical
Job Pirate
Comments This is an article about a fictional representation of an historical character, location or other entity.

Dan Seavey is the captain for a merchant vessel introduced in Season 12 of Murdoch Mysteries, portrayed by Hugh Thompson.


The Great Lakes pirates were some of the most fearsome and burly of any waters on the map. The most notorious Great Lakes pirate, though, may be none other than Roaring Dan Seavey, who started as a regular sailor in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the military he found himself a poor man with only his ship, Wanderer, to his name and took up a life of plundering only to later become the only man known to be formally charged with piracy on the Great Lakes.

Seavey was a thief who had eyes for large shipments of venison and alcohol, to then later sell at a higher price. Anyone who tried to stop him faced the cannon he held on board. He also was known for putting up fake lights that simulated a port so that incoming ships would crash on the rocks and he could steal their cargo.

Seavey’s most famous escapade was his takeover of a schooner docked named the Nellie Johnson. The clever seaman invited the Johnson’s crew to drink with him, staying mostly sober himself. He then threw the drunken sailors off their ship and sailed it to Chicago, where he sold the Nellie Johnson’s cargo.

Seavey retired sometime in the late 1920s, and settled in the town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. He died in a Peshtigo nursing home on 14 February 1949 at the age of 84. [*]

Appearances and Mentions

Pirates of the Great Lakes

  • When asked by Brackenreid if he’s a pirate as the bartender believes him to be, Dan tells him, “You know, people spin tales based on their own childhood fantasies.”


  • Roaring Dan's Rum (maple flavored rum) by Great Lakes Distillery is named after him and his image graces its label.


Murdoch Mysteries Season 12
Murdoch Mystery MansionOperation: MurderMy Big Fat Mimico WeddingMurdoch Without Borders
The Spy Who Loved MurdochSir. Sir? Sir!!!Brother's KeeperDrowning in MoneySecrets and Lies
Pirates of the Great LakesAnnabella CinderellaSix of the BestMurdoch and the Undetectable Man
Sins of the FatherOne Minute to MurderManual for MurderDarkness Before the Dawn Part 1
Darkness Before the Dawn Part 2
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