The Onedin Line: When My Ship Comes Home (BBC-1 10 Dec 1971)

In When My Ship Comes Home a ship belonging to Callon but with a cargo of James’s aboard is lost at sea. The ship and cargo were insured but James hits trouble when the insurance company refuses to pay out because his pick up cargo on the journey home included gunpowder. Worse still the insurance company hold him responsible for both the loss of the cargo and the ship. If James has to pay out to Callon he will surely be ruined.

He needs to raise £2000 to pay off Callon and in the fallout Robert has been locked out of his shop and home forcing him and Sarah to lodge with James and Anne. The Charlotte Rhodes has also been placed under guard. James though has one last throw of the dice up his sleeves.

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After slowing building up the Onedin Line James almost loses everything here. Weak willed Robert is ready to throw in the towel and sign over his shop to Callon but you know James won’t give up easily. Even if that means stealing his boat back and running guns for rebels.

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Despite raising enough money to pay off his creditors the repercussions from James’ actions threaten to resonate across the rest of the season.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 10 December 1971 at 9.20pm

Writer: David Weir / Production Design: Gerry Scott / Director: Ken Hannam

Series: The Onedin Line Season 1 Episode 9

Gary Hope as Henry Chubb
Peter Gilmore as James
Brian Rawlinson as Robert
Mary Webster as Sarah
Anne Stallybrass as Anne
Jessica Benton as Elizabeth
Edward Chapman as Callon
James Warwick as Edmund
Philip Ross as Captain Goody
Golda Casimir as Kate
Howard Lang as Baines
Nicholas Grace as Arab

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