Port Merrick

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Port Merrick, previously named as New Golden Sands Outpost and Golden Sands Outpost, is one of seven outposts and is located within the region of The Shores of Plenty at coordinate D-10.

The outpost is fully converted into a port town and has now been renamed as "Port Merrick".

During the Lost Sands Adventure, the community had a choice to save the outpost by delivering supplies to Merrick, or leave it in ruins by helping The Servant of the Flame deliver Relic Caches and detonating Soulflame Rowboats at the outpost. On June 9th, 2022, the final results of the adventure were declared and Golden Sands Outpost was to be rebuilt.

With the release of 2.5.3, it became New Golden Sands Outpost and was back in business with all traders returning and buildings reconstructed.

After the release of 2.6.3, the outpost was slowly being fortified with stone emplacements, turning the once restored outpost into a Port Town.

By the release of 2.8.1, the new port town has been fully built and renamed as "Port Merrick" in honour of Merrick.


The outpost consists of four sandy islets connected via stone walkways. The central section houses the tavern and shops, while the northwest section hosts the Trading Companies, Castaway's Camp and Capsize Charters. Around the remaining two islands are various scattered structures such as a water tower, a lighthouse, and the Sovereign tower.

  • Outposts are where crews and their ships spawn when beginning a game, or sometimes after their ship is sunk.
  • Outposts contain shops where items can be purchased. Each Outpost contains one of each Shop, some with their own unique items.
  • Representatives of Trading Companies can be found at outposts, from whom crews can pick up Voyages. Players can also represent these companies as Emissaries by using Emissary Tables.





Interactive Map

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Legends of the Sea

The following Legends of the Sea player immortalizations are found on this island:

  • Pirate Port Pals: On a table outside The Captain's Head tavern, there are two tankards with the names Abstractacus and Paladin Topaz engraved.
  • Killer Qualifications: By the fireplace in The Captain's Head tavern, there is a note pinned to the wall dedicated to the player Dread Pirate Doug.
  • Points of Contention: By the water tower on the east island, there is a skeleton holding a scroll dedicated to the player Daimyo DoriMa.
  • May Contain Boom: An exploded gunpowder barrel below the bridge connecting the northwest and central islets next to a sign that has the name xbox4Jackie engraved.
  • Remembering the Fallen: A plaque bearing Merrick's name at the foot of the Courtyard Statue on the main islet.

Remembering the Fallen

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Here stands Merrick, who fought valiantly to save Golden Sands Outpost from ruin. Port Merrick was constructed to honour his memory and the pirates who joined in his struggle.

The statue found on Port Merrick is a memorial to the involvement of Merrick who helped coordinate efforts to save Golden Sands Outpost from ruin during the Lost Sands Adventure.


  • There are five rowboat docks across the island.


  • After a much-needed recovery from their captivity, Golden Sands NPCs resided in a safe refuge set up by Larinna[1] following the events of Forts of the Forgotten. They have since returned to the outpost after the results of Lost Sands.
  • There are rumours that the new construction has unearthed strange things at New Golden Sands. These may be Relic Caches. [2]



Port Merrick

Legends of the Sea

Phase five of construction of the port town during 2.8.0

Phase four of construction of the port town during 2.7.3

Phase three of construction of the port town during 2.7.2

Phase two of construction of the port town during 2.7.1

Early construction of the port town

New Golden Sands' teasers

Work in Progress previews of New Golden Sands as revealed in the November 18, 2022 livestream.

Before Construction

Shrouded Islands through Lost Sands

Before Shrouded Islands

During Cursed Sails






Patch history

  • 2.8.3 (June 15, 2023)
    • Added a vault room full of treasure from past events in the sewers of Port Merrick.
  • 2.8.1 (April 13, 2023)
    • Renamed from "New Golden Sands Outpost" to "Port Merrick".
    • Added a statue of Merrick to the outpost.
  • 2.7.1 (December 15, 2022)
    • The outpost is now a port town with all the shops and the tavern being updated to show the results of saving Golden Sands.
  • 2.6.3 (October 20, 2022)
    • Construction begins on updating New Golden Sands Outpost to a port town.
  • 2.6.1 (September 1, 2022)
    • Players who get stuck under the pier near the shipwright at New Golden Sands Outpost will no longer appear underneath the map.
  • 2.6.0 (August 4, 2022)
    • Added the Sovereigns to the outpost.
    • There should no longer be a light source where Tina used to be during the ‘Lost Sands’ Adventure.
    • Players will no longer appear underwater when becoming stuck under a pier at New Golden Sands Outpost.
  • 2.5.3 (June 26, 2022)
    • Location renamed from Golden Sands Outpost to New Golden Sands Outpost.
    • Buildings are rebuilt and NPCs return.
    • Fog of the Damned removed.
  • 2.5.0 (March 10, 2022)
    • Players can now freely explore the ruined tavern at Golden Sands Outpost without becoming stuck on debris.
    • Pirate Emporium audio effects can no longer be heard at Golden Sands Outpost.
    • Swimming at various locations around the Outpost will no longer cause players to intersect geometry and be flung into the air.
  • 2.4.0 (December 2, 2021)
    • Added sitting spots around the Outpost.
  • 2.3.1 (October 14, 2021)
    • The signposts found on Golden Sands Outpost are now interactable. They provide directions to the nearest Trading Company representatives and the docks, helping players find the most direct route to wherever they need to be.
  • 2.2.1 (August 17, 2021)
    • Ships spawning at Golden Sands Outpost should now spawn closer to the dock, meaning players should no longer need to swim to reach their ship.
    • The target hanging by the Weaponsmith's Shop no longer intersects with the environment.
  • 2.0.22 (February 18, 2021)
    • Construction began on Castaway's Camp.
    • Added a Glitterbeard journal to the Tavern.
  • 2.0.21 (January 28, 2021)
    • Space was cleared away for Castaway's Camp.
  • 2.0.11 (January 15, 2020)
    • Duke comes back and takes his position back.
    • Made the Easter Eggs on the outpost interactable.
  • 1.2.4 (August 30, 2018)
    • The shop owners have returned to their shops and the mast in the middle of the island has disappeared.
  • 1.1.8 (July 26, 2018)
    • Salty is now a skeleton bird on top of Wanda's shop.
  • 1.1.7 (July 19, 2018)
    • Salty now appears in Wanda's shop.
  • 1.1.0 (May 29, 2018)
    • Added Duke into the tavern.

External links


  1. Safe refuge for NPCs, Sea of Thieves Twitter
  2. Rumours swirl...Sea of Thieves Twitter
  3. New Golden Sands Outpost #SundayVibes, @SeaOfThieves, Twitter.
  4. New Golden Sands Outpost is an evolving island, @SeaofThieves, Twitter.
  5. ... the port town transformation is nearly complete..., @SeaofThieves, Twitter.
  6. Give a hearty welcome to Port Merrick!, @SeaofThieves, Twitter.