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Classic TV Drama: The Onedin Line – #38 – S03 E09 – “A Proposal of Marriage”


A great Brit TV Classic – this episode

Baines is at sea with Anne’s father. Back at Liverpool, James is about to propose to Caroline, but is distracted by his brother Robert with a salvage job, attempting to salvage Fogarty’s ship, the Scotch Lass, whose condenser is broken, while it lies on top of the newly laid Wallasey telegraph cable. James indemnifies Fogarty against damage to the cable, but demands a £5000 rescue fee. James tows the Lass into port: It is his by salvage rights. A good deal it seems, but it costs him Caroline’s hand – his prioritising a business adventure over their marriage apparently leaving her unsure if the marriage is what she wants.


The Onedin Line is a BBC television drama series, which ran from 1971 to 1980. The series was created by Cyril Abraham.

The series is set in Liverpool from 1860 to 1886[1] and covers the rise of a fictional shipping company, the Onedin Line, named after its owner James Onedin. Around this, it depicts the lives of his family, most notably his brother and partner Robert, a ship chandler, and his sister Elizabeth, giving insight into the lifestyle and customs at the time, not only at sea, but also ashore (mostly lower- and upper-middle-class). The series also illustrates some of the changes in business and shipping, such as from wooden to steel ships and from sailing ships to steamships. It shows the role that ships played in such matters as international politics, uprisings and the slave trade.

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