|“||It was more than a hundred-and-fifty years ago when a local fishing captain, Charles H. Pownall, fell in love with a mermaid, in these very waters; enchanted by her beautiful siren song.||”|
|— Play about Charles Pownall|
Charles H. Pownall was a fisherman and captain of Bristol Cove 150 years ago in the late 1800s. He was/is the great-great-great grandfather of Ted, and great-great-great-great grandfather to Doug, and Ben Pownall, as well as the Hawkins and Marzdan families since his hybrid daughter's descendants came to give birth to them all.
Even though he did not show up physically in the series, it is believed that according to the books, he is depicted as a captain with a beard and fair-skinned.
Charles Pownall was a man with many demons according to his descendant. However he had a softer side when he fell in love with an unknown mermaid. After his mermaid lover returned to sea however, Pownall became even more cruel and barbaric, leading his crew to commit genocide on the local mermaid tribes.
During his time at the sea, after meeting with a mermaid since being enchanted by her beautiful siren song. Despite Charles already having a human family of his own, he and the mermaid fell in love with each other, and they both had an illegitimate daughter who was the first hybrid, who in turn, became a great-great-great-grandmother of Helen Hawkins and Rick and Beth Marzdan.
However, after his daughter was born deformed, he took her to the Haida, hoping they would help while also anxious about keeping her hidden. What he did not know was how the separation of their daughter from his mermaid lover greatly affected her. She became distraught and, in anguish, leave for the sea, never to return. Her absence and song infected Charles's mind and drove him insane. This led to him and his surviving crew to corral and slaughter many mermaids one by one.
He was later on killed by Tia in revenge for his genocide.
- Charles only makes illustrated appearances in books, but it is mentioned several times throughout the show by his great-great-great-grandson Ted, Ben and even his great-great-great-great granddaughter Helen Hawkins.
- His voice is finally heard in "Revelations", as new scene pictures from the mermaid history book display him.
- "It was more than a hundred-and-fifty years ago when a local fishing captain, Charles H. Pownall, fell in love with a mermaid, in these very waters; enchanted by her beautiful siren song."
- "That was my great-great-great grandfather depicted there."
- "To one of this town's founding fathers- Charles H. Pownall."
- "Your ancestor lost his mind. Obsessed. He and his fellow ship-mates slaughtered those beautiful creatures in cold blood."
- "Charles may not have been the guy he turned out to be. Constant stream of booze and...well, he was seeing things."
- "There was one of us who spent time with a human. She lived with him on land. Together they had little one. But the child was born normal, not look normal. So he took it into the woods. He killed that child."
- "But this made him angry. His head bad. He brought many men."
- "She was the daughter of Charles Pownall and his mermaid lover."
- "Ryn told me that Charles killed his child."
- "Charles knew the doctors of Bristol cove would see her as abomination and refuse to threat her. So he took her into the woods."
- "He brought to bigger minds than the doctors of Bristol Cove."
- "So if you're a descendant of Charles Pownall, that means..."
- "Charles had an affair with a woman in town."
- "Charles was a troubled. From what I understand, he had a lot of demons."
- "A hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Pownall led a massacre!"
- "We are Pownalls."
- "All three of us are descended from the baby Charles had with his mermaid."
- "He's a descendant of Charles, the man who killed our kind!!"
- "I think it's time for me to tell your friends that there is more than one descendant of Charles Pownall here."
- "Of you thinking I am the same as Charles."
- "This man in your family, he loved one like me and his love turned bad., made him angry. He killed my people!!"
- "The only birth documented on land is the Charles Pownall story."