Preserved Killick

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Preserved Killick serves as Jack Aubrey's steward throughout the Aubrey-Maturin series. He is described in the Canon as ill-tempered, disagreeable, and "shrewish." Killick regularly scolds and nags both Aubrey and Maturin about their mistreatment of their clothing, and he is known to eavesdrop on their private conversations. Killick makes little effort to conceal his frequent ill-mannered mutterings from Aubrey and Maturin, who most often overlook Killick's disrespectful tone. Killick is the only member of any of Aubrey's crews, including officers, who is afforded this wide amount of latitude when addressing Captain Aubrey.

In spite of his shortcomings, Killick is fiercely loyal to Aubrey, and he is a valued member of Aubrey's crew. Aubrey reciprocates this loyalty, as Killick is one of a handful of crewmen who Aubrey repeatedly takes with him from one command to the next. Killick also stays on as a servant at Aubrey's home when he is without a command.

Killick is portrayed by English actor David Threlfall in the 2003 film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

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