Louis Mills is a deckhand originally from where we British somewhat optimistically call 'Sunny Brighton'. He got his love of the sea from his father - who was also a sailor. He first took young Louis to sea with him at the age of 10, sailing from London to Boston on a vessel named the Windward.
As he grew older, Mills kept working as a merchant marine, travelling the world and gaining a reputation as a reliable and level-headed sailor. He joined the crew of Providence in 1752, staying with the captain and crew through a variety of hardships - though by 1755 he was thinking of moving on.