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Captain Wilhelm is a minor character from Swiss Family Robinson.

Role in the film

Captain Wilhelm and his men agree to take some passengers, the Robinson family: Father Robinson, Mother Robinson, Fritz, Ernst, and Francis, from Bern, Switzerland to the German colony of New Guinea to avoid Napoleon Bonaparte's conquest of Europe.

However, when the captain and his men unexpectedly come across some pirates led by Kuala, they decide to sail further away rather than to face them. But their ship unfortunately runs into a raging storm, thus, leaving Captain Wilhelm and his men with no choice but to selfishly abandon their ship including the family that was traveling with them, the animal livestock, and especially the captain's own dogs: Duke and Turk to avoid possible sinking in the storm.

Luckily, the ship was last seen continuously sailing and then getting stuck on some rocks near an uncharted island and all the passengers survived. Ernst said that maritime law states that if the captain abandons the ship, any remaining passengers may become the new owners. The ship was later used to help the family build a raft to get to shore and a new house in their new home on the island.


  • Despite being mentioned by the Robinson family, neither Captain Wilhelm nor his men ever appear onscreen in the film.

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