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Classic TV Drama: The Onedin Line – #41 – S03 E12 “Port Out,Starboard Home”


A great Brit TV Classic – this episode

Robert has moved to London and feels himself rising in society. Carried away, he plans to commit Onedin to a Mexican railroad. James travels with Caroline, leaving Leonora Biddulph distressed, and, for the first time, angry and impatient. Baines is stranded in the Arctic after Fogarty, bull-headed, wrecks the ship they are traveling in on ice. James is happy in London, and enjoying Caroline’s easy company. Robert’s wife invites Leonora to visit, causing tension, and setting the scene for her to find new love with Hugh. Fogarty is rescued, but James sets out rescue Baines as soon as he learns he is lost. Finding Captain Baines, his “right hand”, he learns that the railroad scheme is a con.




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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