We believe Van Der Linde is holed up with a group of renegades near the wreck of the Serendipity riverboat.

Archer Fordham

The Wreck of the Serendipity is a location featured in Red Dead Redemption in the Great Plains region of the West Elizabeth territory. It is situated at a decrepit port on Flat Iron Lake.


The Serendipity is a large steamboat which has partially sunk and settled on the lake-bed, with most of the ship above the waterline. What caused the sinking of the Serendipity is unknown.

In the Edgar Ross mission "Bear One Another's Burdens", Marston must rescue a government informant named Nastas from the Serendipity. During the mission, Edgar Ross comments about the boat being a criminal hideout for many years.


What really happened to the Serendipity is unknown, though there are some theories:

  • It may be just that the ship was taken out of service and left to rot.
  • As a campfire story tells, the ship crashed in the Mexican cliffs east of Thieves' Landing and was raided by Mexican soldiers before being towed back to American waters.
  • There is also the possibility that the ship was raided, destroyed and looted by Walton's Gang according to what a gang member mentions in Armadillo. However, Walton's gang does not operate in this area.
  • Another campfire story was told in the Great Plains says that the ship's captain cheated on his wife and she destroyed the boat along with herself, him, and all the passengers.
  • A third campfire tale says that the ship crashed in a shallow area of Flat Iron Lake in very thick fog. The ship was stuck there three days because the current and the wind prevented any boat from rescuing them. On the fourth day, a ship finally reached the Serendipity soon to find out that the passengers and crew had mysteriously disappeared. The rescue boat towed the boat to the pier and left it to decay from the elements.
  • It should also be mentioned that the Strange Man, in the beginning of the mission "I Know You", the Strange Man asks John if he remember's Heidi McCourt, that "She was a girl Dutch van der Linde shot in the head on that raid on the ferry a few years back. Same one you (John Marston) got shot on."  It could be that they are referring to the failed heist where John was shot and left for dead, possibly in the wreckage of the Serendipity.

Prominent Mission AppearancesEdit

Edgar RossEdit


  • The Serendipity is an American Sternwheel Steamboat.
  • According to some campfire tales, the Serendipity is haunted every Thursday night.
  • In "Bear One Another's Burdens", it's mentioned that the place is occasionally filled with low-lives, but when visited before or after the mission, there is nobody present at the wreck.
  • The wreck seems to be covered with algae and seaweed, and is also decaying. This suggests that the ship was sunk in deeper waters but was then hoisted up from the water and dragged to the dock.
  • NPCs will occasionally mention hearing that the wreck is supposed to be "restored to her former glory". However, no mention is made of who will nor when they will restore the steamboat.
  • Horses will occasionally fall from the nearby cliffs.
  • To the East of the wreck is a small peninsular jutting out to the south. A money chest is located on the far side of this area.
  • In Multiplayer, the wreck is an excellent place to hide out with Public Enemy active - the only point of access, the jetty, can be covered from the top deck. However, accurate snipers may be able to shoot from the opposite shore.
  • On the top deck in front of the wheelhouse is a bell which can be rung by bumping into it or firing at it.
  • The ship could possibly be a homage to "Gun", the first sandbox western game. In the beginning, a boat that looks similar to the Serendipity is wrecked.
  • Serendipity means pleasent suprise and can also mean finding something good or useful without looking for it, in this sense this could be a reference to "Bear One Another's Burdens" in which Nastas is found on the ship who wasn't expected to be found and later proves useful in defeating Dutch.



The discovery of locations in Red Dead Redemption count towards the following Trophies/Achievements:

10 gamerscoreGamerscore
Bronze bronzeBronze
Uncover every location on the map in Single Player.

100 gamerscoreGamerscore
Gold goldGold
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.

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