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Classic TV Drama: The Onedin Line – #58 – S05 E06 – “Dead Man’s Cargo”


A great Brit TV Classic – this episode

Robert blames Baines for allowing Samuel to stow away. Letty admonishes James for talking only of business, after being away for many months. Robert accuses James of inveigling Samuel into sailing with him and angers James by accusing him of thinking of Samuel as the son he never had. Letty has an idea of how to use the new money and buys Whartons mill. The mill is on a tidal river so they can mill and ship the flour themselves. James offers £5000 for Robert’s shares which he angrily declines. James sails for Philadelphia while Elizabeth tells William that he is seeing too much of Charlotte. In Philadelphia, James bargains for grain over a bottle of rye whiskey and boards the ship the worse for wear. At home, Letty notes that the price of grain is up again. James overloads the ship and the grain shifts, suffocating a seaman, Yalloop (Harold Goodwin). An angry Baines blames James. Daniel and Elizabeth kiss just as William enters the room and they finally reveal that his ‘Uncle Daniel’ is, in fact, his father.

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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  1. 21/11/2021 22:29

    I not absolutely understand, what you mean?


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