Hawkins was a dreaded pirate who sailed the Britannian seas on his ship 'The Empire,' prior to the events of Ultima VI, until eventually becoming shipwrecked somewhere near Serpent's Hold. His cruelty eventually caused him to be murdered by his own crew, who split up the map to his treasures amongst themselves.
Hawkins had caused much destruction during his career in piracy. He personally struck off Heftimus McPry's hand in combat, and fed it to the sharks. Bonn blamed Hawkins for being shipwrecked upon Dagger Isle and the misfortune that befell him.
Captain Hawkins robbed Zoltan the gypsy while he was trying to deliver Captain Johne's silver tablet to Mariah at the Lycaeum. In the ensuing combat, the tablet was broken, and Captain Hawkins kept the larger portion. This was buried along with Hawkins on Spektran. The Avatar was forced to reassemble the Treasure Map of Hawkins by collecting map pieces from the Ten Pirates of Hawkins in order to locate this buried treasure.
- Hawkins' tombstone reads: "Here lies Captain Hawkins. He died a hard death and he deserved it." This gives an idea how much his crew hated him.
- Captain Hawkins is a poke on the at the time CEO of Electronic Arts, Trip Hawkins.