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Classic TV Drama: The Onedin Line – #40- S03 E11 “The Silver Caddy”


A great Brit TV Classic – this episode

James voyages to Fuchou, China for a cargo of tea and in hope of gaining the Pringlehoffer. Miss Biddulph distinguishes herself in coping with injury on board, and gains in James’ estimation. James hopes to take the Teawynd home round Cape Horn. Daniel, however, who has arrived just before him wins the contract – by the innovation of the transcontinental railroad: Just as steam is displacing James’ sailboats, America is growing onto the world business scene. Robert is elected to parliament, to represent his Liverpool constituency.



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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