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Episode Guide

    • Dead Man's Cargo
      Dead Man's Cargo
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      7/31/77
      9.3
      Robert and James argue about Samuel. Letty invests some money.
    • Vengeance
      Vengeance
      Season 8 - Episode 7
      10/12/80
      9.3
    • A Long Way Home
      A Long Way Home
      Season 8 - Episode 9
      10/26/80
      9.0
    • Men of Honour
      Men of Honour
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      9/10/78
      9.0
    • The Fortune Hunters
      The Fortune Hunters
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      9/17/78
      9.0
    • The Trade Winds
      The Trade Winds
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      9.0
      Daniel Fogarty returns from Australia with astonishing news. James tries to win back Letty.
    • A Sea of Troubles
      A Sea of Troubles
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      9/3/78
      9.0
    • Highly Explosive
      Highly Explosive
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      8/27/78
      9.0
    • A Close Run Thing
      A Close Run Thing
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      8/28/77
      9.0
      An episode of marriages.
    • Uncharted Waters
      Uncharted Waters
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      8/21/77
      9.0
      Letty is now employing 30 women paying three halfpence a sack which scares Mary in case her workers hear and leave for the better pay.
    • A Hard Life
      A Hard Life
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      8/7/77
      9.0
      James decides to make money transporting immigrants to America.
    • The Homecoming
      The Homecoming
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      7/29/79
      9.0
    • The Price of Pride
      The Price of Pride
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      10/5/80
      9.0
    • Revenge
      Revenge
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      9/7/80
      9.0
    • Guilty - In All Innocence
      Guilty - In All Innocence
      Season 8 - Episode 8
      10/19/80
      9.0
    • Ice and Fire
      Ice and Fire
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      12/16/73
      8.8
      When Leonora notices that Caroline Maudslay is getting close to James, she joins him on a dangerous voyage to the Baltic Sea.
    • Collision Course
      Collision Course
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      7/23/78
      8.8
      A collision in the fog causes problems for James.
    • Goodbye goodbye
      Goodbye goodbye
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      12/3/72
      8.8
      Albert and Elizabeth's decision to separate has consequences for both the Onedin Line and the possible marriage of Daniel Fogarty and Emma Callon. When he hears about the problems in America, James takes a huge risk sailing home.
    • Month of the Albatross
      Month of the Albatross
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      6/27/76
      8.8
    • Blood Ties
      Blood Ties
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      9/14/80
      8.8
    • Jonah's Luck
      Jonah's Luck
      Season 8 - Episode 5
      9/28/80
      8.8
    • Shipwreck
      Shipwreck
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      6/13/76
      8.8
    • Rescue
      Rescue
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      7/3/77
      8.8
    • The Reverend's Daughter
      The Reverend's Daughter
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      8/20/78
      8.8
    • Coffin Ships
      Coffin Ships
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      8.8
      Because of his financial difficulties James takes on a job he knows to be suspicious.
    • Stand by to Go About
      Stand by to Go About
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      8/6/78
      8.8
    • Double Dealers
      Double Dealers
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      7/30/78
      8.8
    • No Smoke Without Fire
      No Smoke Without Fire
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      7/16/78
      8.8
      Daniels asks James to ship some gold.
    • Uncharted Island
      Uncharted Island
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      5/30/76
      8.8
    • Storm Clouds
      Storm Clouds
      Season 7 - Episode 8
      9/9/79
      8.8
    • To Honour and Obey
      To Honour and Obey
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      8/19/79
      8.8
    • Dirty Cargo
      Dirty Cargo
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      8/12/79
      8.8
    • The Stowaway
      The Stowaway
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      7/24/77
      8.8
    • The Hostage
      The Hostage
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      8/14/77
      8.8
      Arriving at Palermo en route to Naples the cook goes ashore to purchase fruit while the rest of the crew are banned shore leave. It seems dastardly actions may be afoot by suspicious looking locals.
    • When Troubles Come
      When Troubles Come
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      6/26/77
      8.8
    • The Paddy Westers
      The Paddy Westers
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      8/5/79
      8.8
    • Running Free
      Running Free
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      8/26/79
      8.8
    • Outward Bound
      Outward Bound
      Season 7 - Episode 9
      9/16/79
      8.8
    • Liverpool Bound
      Liverpool Bound
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      7/22/79
      8.8
    • A very important passenger
      A very important passenger
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      12/17/71
      8.7
      James is offered a substantial sum to transport a mysterious passenger to Italy. Little does he know that the new crew is up to something as well.
    • The high price
      The high price
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      11/5/71
      8.7
      A shortage of storage space makes it necessary for James to buy his own warehouse. Can he convince Mrs Arkwright to sell hers for a good price and what will happen to Ada Gamble's rag and bone trade?
    • Race for power
      Race for power
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      12/31/72
      8.7
      James Onedin and Daniel Fogarty are involved in a race to win the deciding shares in the Onedin Line.
    • The Ship Devils
      The Ship Devils
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      10/21/73
      8.6
      At the start of the third season the shipping business is in bad shape. Only James Onedin seems to be able to keep his company afloat. Emma Callon needs help from Jack Frazer for the Callon Company to survive. When Robert Onedin gets involved in politics, he brings Samuel Plimsoll to Liverpool, a politician who accuses the shipping companies of putting profit before safetymoreless
    • Beyond the Upper Sea
      Beyond the Upper Sea
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      11/19/72
      8.6
      An interesting offer from a Turkish pasha gets Albert Frazer in trouble with the British government, James Onedin and religious fanatics.
    • Frisco bound
      Frisco bound
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      11/12/72
      8.6
      After the incident with the Pibroch, Captain Baines loses the right to captain a ship for six months. When the son of the head of the commission turns up as an apprentice on the next Onedin voyage, ship's mate Baines takes out his frustration on the young man.
    • Coffin ship
      Coffin ship
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      10/29/72
      8.6
      Temporary unemployment and the difficult situation in which his sister has to survive make Captain Baines accept the command of another shipowner's vessel, the Pibroch. James Onedin has his suspicions about that assignment.
    • Blockade
      Blockade
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      1/21/72
      8.6
      James Onedin takes a huge risk breaking through the Federalist blockade of Wilmington. He sees it as an opportunity to make money and help the cotton industry of England. Anne struggles with the immorality of helping the slave-owners.
    • Shadow of doubt
      Shadow of doubt
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      1/14/72
      8.6
      Robert's slip of the tongue makes Albert Frazer suspect his son was fathered by someone else. James tries to make some money transporting emigrants to Canada and encounters unexpected problems.
    • Fetch and carry
      Fetch and carry
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      10/8/72
      8.6
      James receives a strange offer from a mysterious woman. Is he willing to risk lives for information about a profitable cargo?
    • Salvage
      Salvage
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      11/19/71
      8.6
      The Onedins are surprised by Elizabeth's pregnancy and insist that she should marry Fogarty. Meanwhile, the Charlotte Rhodes gets into serious trouble and to avoid that Callon might salvage the uninsured ship, James needs the help of Albert Frazer and his new vessel.
    • Plain sailing
      Plain sailing
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      10/22/71
      8.5
      Returning from Portugal, the Charlotte Rhodes experiences a lot of difficulties. There are accidents, the food is bad and several sailors resent Anne's presence. When James falls ill, it's Anne who has to help Baines navigate the ship home. Meanwhile, in Liverpool Robert discovers that the partnership with James has some unwelcome consequences.moreless
    • A woman alone
      A woman alone
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      10/1/72
      8.5
      After she has left James, Anne struggles to survive in a society that looks down on separated or divorced women. A stowaway on the Charlotte Rhodes causes unexpected problems for James.
    • Winner take all
      Winner take all
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      1/28/72
      8.5
      After Albert Frazer has convinced him to invest in building a steamship, James turns the Onedin Line into a public company, with unforeseen results. The first voyage of Captain Baines brings more problems.
    • A Cold Wind Blowing
      A Cold Wind Blowing
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      5/2/76
      8.5
      Elizabeth gets more involved in the running of the Frazer Line. With the future of sailing ships becoming more questionable every day, James outsmarts his competitors, with some help of his MP brother Robert.
    • Loss of the Helen May
      Loss of the Helen May
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      4/25/76
      8.5
      The fatal accident of the Helen May, a Frazer steamship carrying petroleum, puts James Onedin in a difficult position. His reaction causes a rift between himself and Baines. Meanwhile, Elizabeth receives bad news from Argentina.
    • Danger Level
      Danger Level
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      11/18/73
      8.5
      Samuel Plimsoll resumes his campaign for safer ships. He accuses James Onedin of loading too much cargo on one vessel, putting the crew at risk. But isn't he just a pawn in one of Fogarty's plans to beat Onedin?
    • Not Wanted on Voyage
      Not Wanted on Voyage
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      5/9/76
      8.5
      After Albert's death there is some confusion about the location of his revolutionary designs for refrigerated holds. Elizabeth, James and an old associate of Albert's travel to Buenos Aires to get the designs.
    • Cry of the blackbird
      Cry of the blackbird
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      1/7/72
      8.5
      A voyage to Australia gets James Onedin unwittingly involved in the slave trade.
    • The challenge
      The challenge
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      12/17/72
      8.5
      When five thousand shares in the Onedin Line become available, James realizes Fogarty could outbid him. So he comes up with an unusual offer for the man selling them.
    • Undercurrent
      Undercurrent
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      5/16/76
      8.5
      Elizabeth inherits the Frazer Line, but the bad economic times and the prejudices against women make life difficult for a female executive. James gets to know his daughter a bit better and her governess Letty Gaunt.
    • A Royal Return
      A Royal Return
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      8/31/80
      8.5
    • Bloody week
      Bloody week
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      12/10/72
      8.5
      James Onedin accepts a dangerous mission which brings him to Paris during the Communards' uprising.
    • The Suitor
      The Suitor
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      9/2/79
      8.5
    • The Honeymoon
      The Honeymoon
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      9/21/80
      8.5
    • Homeward Bound
      Homeward Bound
      Season 7 - Episode 10
      9/23/79
      8.5
    • The Gamble
      The Gamble
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      6/20/76
      8.5
    • The Upright Man
      The Upright Man
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      8/13/78
      8.5
    • A Clear Conscience
      A Clear Conscience
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      6/6/76
      8.5
    • The homecoming
      The homecoming
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      12/3/71
      8.5
      Anne's old friend Michael Adams returns to England after an absence of four years. A jealous James hires him to work on his ship, just to keep him away from Anne. But then Anne decides to travel with them.
    • The wind blows free
      The wind blows free
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      10/15/71
      8.4
      James Onedin is anxious to purchase the schooner, Charlotte Rhodes. Her owner Captain Webster refuses James’s offer. However, the captain has a daughter… The action opens in 1860. Already a seasoned seafarer at 28, Onedin is determined to command his own ship, even if it means marrying a woman he does not love.moreless
    • Pound and pint
      Pound and pint
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      9/24/72
      8.4
      Tension aboard an Onedin ship leads to a full strike in Liverpool. The incidents create a rift between James and Anne Onedin.
    • Black Gold
      Black Gold
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      11/25/73
      8.4
      Because rubber is becoming an important product in the industrial world, James Onedin is asked to help smuggle rubber plant seeds out of Brazil to set up plantations in India.
    • Amazon Cargo
      Amazon Cargo
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      11/11/73
      8.4
      Four ships travel to Brazil to get a lucrative coal contract, but the local population cannot be trusted.
    • Catch as can
      Catch as can
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      11/12/71
      8.3
      Callon tries to sabotages the Onedin Line by threatening customers and kidnapping staff. Elizabeth feels attracted to Albert Fraser, but Anne can guess her secret.
    • Passage to Pernambuco
      Passage to Pernambuco
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      11/26/71
      8.3
      A threat to his vineyard makes Braganza look for new vines in America. James can help him there and so the two men set up a new partnership. Doing so the Onedin Line acquires a second ship.
    • Port Out, Starboard Home
      Port Out, Starboard Home
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      1/20/74
      8.3
      James enjoys London society while trying to invest in the Mexican-British Railway Company. To finance the deal Baines sells an Onedin vessel in New Orleans. His return voyage ends in a disaster.
    • The Silver Caddy
      The Silver Caddy
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      1/13/74
      8.3
      Leonora joins James on the Teawynd's maiden trip to China.
    • An inch of candle
      An inch of candle
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      11/26/72
      8.3
      Anne discovers she's pregnant. James comes across an abandoned ship that he then tries to buy. But Daniel Fogarty wants the ship with the murky past as well.
    • Survivor
      Survivor
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      10/22/72
      8.2
      Returning from China, James picks up a shipwrecked sailor. From that moment on the ship starts to experience problems, making the crew superstitious. In Liverpool, Albert Frazer falls for the charms of a music hall singer.
    • The Passenger
      The Passenger
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      1/27/74
      8.2
      James and Caroline have to return from America with a new crew. Can they be trusted? Robert discovers a conspiracy between Frazer and Fogarty. Leonora meets another Onedin.
    • Yellow Jack
      Yellow Jack
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      10/15/72
      8.2
      Yellow fever strikes Liverpool and James Onedin might be responsible.
    • Law of the Fist
      Law of the Fist
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      12/9/73
      8.2
      Captain Baines moves into a new accommodation and takes the landlady's brother on his next voyage. As tension between the two grows, Baines fears he is being poisoned.
    • Quarantine
      Quarantine
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      5/23/76
      8.2
      James and Elizabeth work together to get an important contract, but a mysterious illness aboard a Frazer Line steamer threatens their plans. Liverpool's new health officer, Dr Darling, suggests harsh measures to avoid an epidemic.
    • Mutiny
      Mutiny
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      12/24/71
      8.1
      James investigates mutiny on one of his ships, but he's mainly concerned about getting the perishable cargo to London.
    • When my ship comes in
      When my ship comes in
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      12/10/71
      8.1
      An accident with a ship chartered from Callon brings the Onedin Line to the brink of bankruptcy. James resorts to some dubious measures to save his company.
    • The hard case
      The hard case
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      9/17/72
      8.0
      James tries to regain control of his companies from Callon. A dramatic accident changes everything.
    • The Stranger
      The Stranger
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      10/28/73
      8.0
      James picks up a strange woman floating in a canoe off the coast of Brazil. A miners' strike puts Robert in a difficult position.
    • Other points of the compass
      Other points of the compass
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      10/29/71
      7.9
      James Onedin finds the business side of shipping more difficult than expected. A wealthy brother-in-law like Albert Frazer might prove useful.
    • Over the Horizon
      Over the Horizon
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      1/6/74
      7.9
      James sets his sights on Africa to expand his business. His friends and family members wonder whether he's doing it for the right reasons.
    • Echoes from Afar
      Echoes from Afar
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      11/4/73
      7.9
      Both the Onedin Line and the Frazer-Callon Line are after the lucrative route to Brazil. Why has the Anne Onedin steam ship disappeared from the Liverpool docks? And what favour does Senor Braganza want from James?
    • A Proposal of Marriage
      A Proposal of Marriage
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      12/23/73
      7.9
      James considers his future with Caroline, but the possibility of getting the Scotch Lass back and the problems of Captain Baines in Venezuela prove to be distractions.