Spotlight on Amasa Delano, captain of every single guy's favorite boat: The Bachelor's Delight.
Captain Delano is originally from Massachusetts, but he's chilling in the harbor of St. Maria with a whole boatload of valuable loot.
While everyone's just hanging in the harbor, a pretty beat-up ship sails into view. Delano figures it's in distress based on its ratty appearance.
The figurehead of the ship is all wrapped up in canvas. Someone's written "Follow your leader" in chalk on the canvas, because it isn't creepy enough to be sailing a ghost ship—you need cryptic chalk slogan.
Delano can barely make out the ship's name: the San Dominick. Like we said, this ship has been through the ringer and it's filthy.
Being a stand-up guy, Delano takes a small boat out with a few of his crewmen to see what's going on.
Delano has barely set foot onboard the San Dominick when a bunch of slaves and Spanish sailors mob him for food. Seems like they're starving and miserable.
Luckily, Cereno has a faithful slave named Babo who basically supports his sickly and anxious master. And when we say "supports," we mean he literally holds him up. Cereno is about as stable as a house of cards.
Cereno tells Delano a harrowing tale about what the San Dominick's been through. Pretty much like Delano gathered the ship was a slaver bound for Lima with (yuck) human cargo.
That is, until the ship fell on hard times. Around Cape Horn, the San Dominick got hit pretty hard with a storm.
At that point, Cereno ordered his crew to shove as much stuff overboard as possible. Some genius decided to throw away all the water.