The Buccaneers - Season 1

ITV (ended 1957)




Episode Guide


  • Printer's Devil
    Printer's Devil
    Episode 39
    When an old Printer/Publisher spreads the word of corruption and conspiracy in the New York Colonial Governor’s office, he is arrested for distributing treasonous material. But Dan and Crew rescue him, along with his printing press, and hide him aboard the Sultana, giving him time to print his exposé, and then help him to distribute it to the people.moreless
  • Pirate Honour
    Pirate Honour
    Episode 38
    During a shore leave, in Georgetown, Dan and Crew go to the aid of the Son and Widow of an old shipmate of Dan’s, who are being pressured by a corrupt official to reveal the whereabouts of a stash of buried treasure.
  • Instrument Of War
    Instrument Of War
    Episode 37
    Summoned to an island prison off Carolina, Dan is asked to transport a Scottish prisoner to the Commissioner at Port Royal, to argue the case of unjustly-jailed Scots. Dan agrees to help, but gets caught in the act, and soon lands in prison, along with his intended passenger, awaiting the hangman’s noose. But they call the other Highlanders to their aid, with an unusual, but very powerful instrument of war.moreless
  • The Decoy
    The Decoy
    Episode 36
    Dan and Crew encounter a woman with a story about her husband being held captive by pirates on a deserted island. At first, Dan thinks it’s a trick, to lure them to the island, along with their valuable cargo, but he soon finds that the woman’s story is truth, and that her predicament is part of a complicated plot – Involving Governor Johnson, of South Carolina, and an old foe of Dan’s, known as The Turk – To take possession of her prosperous plantation, and steal The Sultana’s valuable cargo.moreless
  • To The Rescue
    To The Rescue
    Episode 35
    Dan and Crew are summoned to Savannah by Paula Meadows, to try to help Paula’s Uncle to get a fair price for his tobacco crop. The Uncle is bound, by law, to accept the unfairly low price, offered by The South Carolina Trading Company, and his crop is being held in the Governor’s warehouse. So, Dan comes up with a scheme to get hold of the tobacco, and get a fair price for it, by utilizing Maritime Law.moreless
  • Mistress Higgins' Treasure
    While trying to sneak into a Virginia port to deliver some farm tools, without paying the unfair taxes on them, Dan and Crew – With the help of a local Schoolmarm – Uncover a racket involving outrageously high export fees, and the looting of cargo ships.
  • Indian Fighters
    Indian Fighters
    Episode 33
    Tempest and Crew work up a plan to help an Indian Fighter known as ‘Understandable’ Perkins, who – Despite his hard work in making The Carolinas a safer place to live – Is getting a raw deal from the crooked Governor of South Carolina.
  • Flip And Jenny
    Flip And Jenny
    Episode 32
    Tempest and The Crew hatch a clever plan to help a young lad, and his sister, whose Father has been thrown into jail by the heartless Governor of South Carolina, for the crime of insisting that his Children receive a good education.
  • The Spy Aboard
    The Spy Aboard
    Episode 31
    Dan and the Crew know there’s a traitor in their midst, when a pirate known as ‘Pegleg’ Finn knows just where they intend to bury their hard-earned gold. So Dan devises a plan to find out just who the spy is – Which involves placing a spy in Pegleg’s Crew.
  • Dan Tempest Holds An Auction
    The Merchants of South Carolina are angry over the low prices offered for their various goods, by it’s crooked Governor. When Dan is offered a price of less than a third of what his shipload is worth, he organizes the Merchants, and, with the help of a local Lawyer, devises a clever plan to outwit the Governor, and get a fair price for their goods.moreless
  • Prize Of Andalusia
    Prize Of Andalusia
    Episode 29
    A British Treasury ship has been plundered and scuttled, and it’s cargo of 20,000 pounds gold is bound for the war coffers of Spain. Tempest and Crew trace the gold to the villa of a devious Spanish Noblewoman, who intends to keep it all for herself. But Dan and the Crew are determined to recover the gold for The Crown.moreless
  • Aztec Treasure
    Aztec Treasure
    Episode 28
    Tempest and Crew encounter a Sailor by the name of Martin, who claims to know the whereabouts of the Aztec treasure known as The Fiery Mirror – A huge, solid gold wheel, as thick as a man’s fist. Tempest agrees to go looking for it, and, when he and Martin find it, and try to take it, they are held prisoner, and put on trial, by Indians, for the attempted theft.moreless
  • Cutlass Wedding
    Cutlass Wedding
    Episode 27
    Fed up with the lack, on New Providence, of men willing to marry, Miss Abigail, and some of the lady settlers buy a longboat, and row for Jamaica, in the hope of catching a ship back to England. Tempest and Crew give chase, and catch up with them on a small island, where they must rescue them from some French pirates, who are holding them prisoner, and intend to sell them as slaves.moreless
  • Hurricane
    Episode 26
    After a hurricane devastates Nassau, funds are desperately needed to rebuild. Tempest learns of a Spanish Treasury ship that has run aground, in the storm, on a nearby island and he and Crew set sail to find it. While Gaff tries to divert the Spaniards’ attention, in the Sultana, Tempest and Armando try to recover the treasure, with the help of some native islanders.moreless
  • Conquest Of New Providence
    Tempest and Crew return from a long voyage, to find that New Providence has fallen to Don Estaban and his Conquistadors. Tempest makes his way ashore, and, with the help of Armando’s Wife, Maria, devises a plan to re-take the island, which is complicated by a traitor, in the British ranks.moreless
  • Mother Doughty's Crew
    Gaff falls in love with the Daughter of the Matron of the turtle-fishing Doughty family, and decides to marry his beloved, and leave the Sultana. But, when he finds out that the Doughty turtle business is only a front for a piracy operation, he must wrestle with his conscience, and decide whether to return to his old way of life, or to see that justice is done.moreless
  • Conquistador
    Episode 23
    A Spaniard by the name of Don Estaban has overtaken the Sultana, and holds Tempest and Crew prisoner on their own ship. Estaban then executes a scheme to turn the people of New Providence against Tempest, while he consorts with Van Brugh in a plan to demand a ransom from Beamish. But Tempest manages to escape, releases his Crew, and re-takes his ship in time to foil Estaban’s plan, and clear his name.moreless
  • Ghost Ship
    Ghost Ship
    Episode 22
    Dan must convince his frightened crew that the would-be ghost ship is not piloted by the undead. -------- Tempest and Crew encounter a seemingly deserted ship, which, unbeknownst to them, is a front for a gang of pirates, used to lure innocent Seamen away from their ships. After Dickon is taken prisoner on the ‘ghost ship’ the pirates slip away, but Dan devises a plan to lure them back, so that they can rescue Dickon, and arrest the pirates.moreless
  • The Return Of Calico Jack
    Calico Jack Rackam takes advantage of Tempest’s absence, and consorts with Van Brugh, in a plan to steal the Sultana’s cargo of valuable goods from the Merchants of New Providence. Beamish and acting-Skipper Gaff must then cooperate with one another, in order to thwart the plan.
  • Dangerous Cargo
    Dangerous Cargo
    Episode 20
    Tempest is assigned to see that the Wife of the Governor of Barbados – Lady Hilary Winrod – Is delivered safely to her Husband, along with a top secret message from the British Admiralty. Knowing of Dan’s past as a Buccaneer, Hilary is reluctant to accompany him, and later tries to escape. But she changes her mind about Dan, after he rescues her from a Spanish Captain, and completes the mission to Barbados.moreless
  • Blood Will Tell
    Blood Will Tell
    Episode 19
    Van Brugh produces a young man claiming to be Lord Percy Gresham – The true owner of Gresham island – A critical outpost for the defense of New Providence. But Tempest knows that the real Percy Gresham is dead, and he and Crew try to thwart Van Brugh’s plan, by producing an impostor of their own.moreless
  • Dead Man's Rock
    Episode 18
    To spare Nassau from destruction, Beamish secretly surrenders to a Spanish Captain, and, when Dickon tries to stop him, he is taken prisoner, as well. They are taken to a prison, in Cuba, where Beamish is pressed for information on a certain English convoy, due to sail soon. When Tempest finds out, he and Crew must ready the Sultana – Which has been laid up for repairs – And sail her to Cuba, with a plan to rescue Beamish and Dickon.moreless
  • Mr. Beamish And The Hangman's Noose
    After Beamish is imprisoned by the new Colonial Governor, under false charges, brought by Van Brugh, Dan allows himself to be arrested and jailed, as part of a plan to have Beamish released, and to nail the crooked Governor.
  • Gentleman Jack and the Lady
    Tempest butts heads with a shifty Frenchwoman in a dispute over a Spanish galleon captured off New Providence. The woman eventually charms both Tempest and Beamish, and winds up stealing the galleon, but the Crew of the Sultana see to it that they keep the valuable Spanish cargo, which is rightfully theirs.moreless
  • Marooned
    Episode 15
    Taken prisoner on the Sultana, after a raid on Nassau, a smooth-talking English pirate, by the name of Clip West, cons a gullible Sultana Sailor into helping him and his Crew take over the ship. They then maroon Tempest and his Crew on a deserted island, but, with the help of a former member of West’s Crew, they build a raft, sail to West’s hideout, and scheme to take West and his crew prisoners again.moreless
  • The Hand of the Hawk
    An old Sailor named Chantey Jack relates to Dickon, a story of how he and a Captain Flask had buried a stash of treasure, years before, and how Flask had double-crossed him, and left him for dead. When Flask arrives on New Providence, Jack panics, and trusts his treasure map to Dickon. After Flask murders Jack, Dickon stows away on Flask’s ship, bound for the treasure site. When Tempest realizes that Dickon is involved, he and Crew set sail for the island, where they hatch a plan to rescue Dickon, and recover Jack’s treasure.moreless
  • Articles Of War
    Articles Of War
    Episode 13
    A Spanish Captain offers to allow food deliveries to New Providence, in exchange for the release of a Spanish Count, imprisoned on the island. When Beamish refuses, Gaff and Taffy deliver Armando, posing as the Count. But, the Spaniard doesn’t fall for it, and holds Armando prisoner, forcing Beamish to turn over the real Count. However, Armando saves them the trouble, when he escapes, and single-handedly destroys the Spanish ship.moreless
  • Dan Tempest and the Amazons
    Seven English women revolt against their French captors, take over their ship, and hole up on a deserted island. Tempest and Crew sail to their rescue, but quickly find that the women are tougher than they appear. Rather than risk bloodshed on either side, they allow themselves to be taken prisoner, so that they can all return peacefully to Nassau, strictly under the women’s terms.moreless
  • Before The Mast
    Before The Mast
    Episode 11
    Spanish pirate raider El Supremo hatches a plan to overtake the Felicity – An English ship due to arrive, soon, with badly needed supplies for New Providence. After the pirates disable the Sultana, Tempest poses as a pirate, joins El Supremo’s Crew, and, with the help of Dickon, sabotages the pirate ship, giving Beamish and the Crew time to repair the Sultana, and sail her to the rescue of the Felicity.moreless
  • The Surgeon Of Sangre Rojo
    An epidemic of typhus strikes New Providence, and Beamish imposes a quarantine, until a Surgeon can be brought in. Tempest and Armando sneak away, and row to the Spanish-held island of Sangre Rojo, where they pose as Indians, arrest a Spanish Surgeon, and take him back to New Providence. After the Surgeon discovers the cause of the disease, Tempest and his Crew trace it’s source to Van Brugh’s warehouse, where they quickly destroy it.moreless
  • The Ladies
    The Ladies
    Episode 9
    The men on New Providence are looking forward to the arrival of some new female settlers, due the following day, on a ship called The Caroline. But, after a disgruntled Sailor leaks the news to Blackbeard, Tempest and his Crew put to sea, to meet with the Caroline, and Tempest puts together an ingenious plan to foil Blackbeard, and see the women safely to their new home.moreless
  • Gunpowder Plot
    Gunpowder Plot
    Episode 8
    New Providence is critically low on gunpowder, but The Admiralty won’t deliver ahead of schedule. The next delivery for New Providence is still months away, so Tempest devises a clever, complicated, and harmless scheme to procure the badly needed ordnance.
  • The Slave Ship
    The Slave Ship
    Episode 7
    Three of Van Brugh’s slaves escape, commandeer a ship loaded with slaves, bound for the Van Brugh plantation, and rob it’s Captain of 1000 pounds. When the ship’s Captain reports the incident, on New Providence, Tempest puts to sea immediately, finds the ship, boards it, takes it over, and confiscates the stolen money. He then sails back to New Providence, where he buys the slaves with the Captain’s own money, and sets them free.moreless
  • Whale Gold
    Whale Gold
    Episode 6
    Tempest and his Crew – With the help of a grizzled old sea dog named Pat – Search for a substance known as ambergris – A rare, and extremely valuable secretion of the sperm whale. When Pat tells of the riches that can be had with the substance – Commonly called ‘Whale Gold’ – Greed takes over, and two of the Crew try to keep for themselves a large quantity of ambergris that they find on a deserted island, with the help of old Pat.moreless
  • The Wasp
    The Wasp
    Episode 5
    A young scalawag from Blackbeard’s crew – Caught during a raid on Nassau – Is sentenced by Beamish to serve as Cabin Boy on Tempest’s ship. But the boy makes a run for it, returns to Blackbeard, and tries to talk him into applying for a job as a Privateer for The Crown. Tempest agrees to meet with Blackbeard, but Blackbeard doesn’t come alone, as agreed, and captures Tempest. But he soon escapes, with the help of the boy.moreless
  • Dan Tempest's War with Spain
    Lt. Beamish, just named Governor of New Providence, prepares to welcome the commander of a Spanish galleon. His inexperience and trusting nature make him a good mark for the wily Spaniard, whose visit is not a friendly one.
  • Captain Dan Tempest
    Dan Tempest – Having ignored The King’s offer of a pardon – Returns to New Providence with a cargo of plunder, and is arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to hang. But Governor Rogers gives him a last-minute chance to go straight, which Tempest accepts, and he begins his new life as an ex-pirate, by taking a cargo of goods to Carolina, facing and defeating Blackbeard, on the way.moreless
  • The Raider
    The Raider
    Episode 2
    In return for a share of the plunder, a New Providence plantation owner by the name of Van Brugh arranges with pirate raider Charley Vane to launch a diversionary attack on Nassau, in order to lure Captain Rogers out to sea, leaving the town unprotected. But, Van Brugh’s Wife overhears a meeting between her husband, and Vane, and secretly warns Rogers, in time to foil the plan.moreless
  • Blackbeard
    Episode 1
    Captain Woodes Rogers – Newly appointed Colonial Governor of The British Colony Of New Providence – Arrives with an official pardon, from King George, for all pirates. Most of the pirates accept the King’s offer, but Blackbeard and his gang resist, make a getaway, and scheme to have Rogers’ own ship attack the island.moreless