Onedin Line

Onedin Line

1971 - 1980, Drama
Charting the lives and fortunes of an English shipping family.

Episode Guide

  • Onedin Line - A Long Way Home (Season 8 Episode 9)
    Season 8 Episode 9:

    A Long Way Home

    Max Van Der Rheede is imprisoned and James is free; Elizabeth though receives some distressing news.

  • Onedin Line - Guilty -- In All Innocence (Season 8 Episode 8)
    Season 8 Episode 8:

    Guilty -- In All Innocence

    James faces prison for a crime he didn't commit.

  • Onedin Line - Vengeance (Season 8 Episode 7)
    Season 8 Episode 7:


  • Onedin Line - The Price of Pride (Season 8 Episode 6)
    Season 8 Episode 6:

    The Price of Pride

  • Onedin Line - Honeymoon (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Season 8 Episode 4:


    James and his new wife set sail for Sumatra to search for new cargo.

  • Onedin Line - Revenge (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:


    James and Baines are held hostage; Tom attempts a rescue while Elizabeth tries to raise money for their release.

  • Onedin Line - A Royal Return (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    A Royal Return

    Elizabeth returns from Constantinople; Prince Alexander escapes a murder attempt.

  • Onedin Line - Homeward Bound (Season 7 Episode 10)
    Season 7 Episode 10:

    Homeward Bound

    James must chase The Black Pearl again when Seth retakes the ship.

  • Onedin Line - Outward Bound (Season 7 Episode 9)
    Season 7 Episode 9:

    Outward Bound

    James wins both Charlotte and the ship away from Seth.

  • Onedin Line - Storm Clouds (Season 7 Episode 8)
    Season 7 Episode 8:

    Storm Clouds

    James pursues Charlotte and Seth.

  • Onedin Line - The Suitor (Season 7 Episode 7)
    Season 7 Episode 7:

    The Suitor

    James fairly won the contract but it is offered to his sister's line.

  • Onedin Line - Running Free (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    Running Free

    James must take on an old adversary to win a shipping contract; Charlotte steams away with Seth.

  • Onedin Line - To Honour and Obey (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    To Honour and Obey

    James lands a fruit-shipping contract; Charlotte secretly begins a partnership with Seth.

  • Onedin Line - Dirty Cargo (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    Dirty Cargo

    James sets out to intercept his sister who is carrying the other half of a mysterious cargo.

  • Onedin Line - The Paddy Westers (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    The Paddy Westers

    James loses his crew when Captain Blake replaces Baines.

  • Onedin Line - Liverpool Bound (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Liverpool Bound

    James and Letty rescue an Egyptologist and his daughter.

  • Onedin Line - Fortune Hunters (Season 6 Episode 10)
    Season 6 Episode 10:

    Fortune Hunters

    Daniel becomes a Member of Parliament; Samuel marries Charlotte.

  • Onedin Line - Men of Honour (Season 6 Episode 9)
    Season 6 Episode 9:

    Men of Honour

    James tries to leave Ireland for the birth of his child.

  • Onedin Line - A Sea of Troubles (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:

    A Sea of Troubles

    James tries to force William to marry the pregnant Charlotte.

  • Onedin Line - Highly Explosive (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:

    Highly Explosive

    Baines reconciles James to children; William refuses to marry Charlotte.

  • Onedin Line - The Reverend's Daughter (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    The Reverend's Daughter

    James is attracted by a pretty passenger until an encounter with pirates.

  • Onedin Line - The Upright Man (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    The Upright Man

    Jame acquires a ship; Letty is pregnant.

  • Onedin Line - Stand By to Go About (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    Stand By to Go About

    James discovers he has a cargo of stolen property.

  • Onedin Line - Double Dealers (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Double Dealers

    James believes that his nephew deliberately sank a ship.

  • Onedin Line - Collision Course (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    Collision Course

    Influenced by Beaumont, William tries some double dealing.

  • Onedin Line - No Smoke Without Fire (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    No Smoke Without Fire

    A fire breaks out as James crosses the equator.

  • Onedin Line - A Close Run Thing (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    A Close Run Thing

    Elizabeth becomes Lady Fogarty; James and Letty marry at sea.

  • Onedin Line - Uncharted Waters (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Uncharted Waters

    Charting the lives and fortunes of an English shipping family.

  • Onedin Line - Hostage (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:


    Charting the lives and fortunes of an English shipping family.

  • Onedin Line - A Hard Life (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    A Hard Life

    Charting the lives and fortunes of an English shipping family.

  • Onedin Line - Dead Man's Cargo (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Dead Man's Cargo

    Charting the lives and fortunes of an English shipping family.

  • Onedin Line - Stowaway (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:


    Charting the lives and fortunes of an English shipping family.

  • Onedin Line - Trade Winds (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Trade Winds

    Daniel returns a millionaire; Letty accepts James' proposal.

  • Onedin Line - Coffin Ships (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Coffin Ships

    Someone is taking out insurance on sinking ships.

  • Onedin Line - Rescue (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:


    James battles insurgents rebelling against a Turkish sultan.

  • Onedin Line - When Troubles Come (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    When Troubles Come

    James loses his South American base.

  • Onedin Line - Month of the Albatross (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Month of the Albatross

    The crew of the Christian Raddich lets superstition get the better of them.

  • Onedin Line - The Gamble (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    The Gamble

    The Salt Line Company is in precarious straits, and James and Robert eye it's property.

  • Onedin Line - Shipwreck (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:


    James and Robert compete with Elizabeth to buy a Falmouth-based tug.

  • Onedin Line - A Clear Conscience (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    A Clear Conscience

    The Onedins are powerless to keep an old friend, charged with stealing from the Frazer offices, from going to jail.

  • Onedin Line - Uncharted Island (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Uncharted Island

    Baines and crew discover an uncharted island with what seems to be a rich deposit of guano.

  • Onedin Line - Quarantine (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:


    A mysterious fever puts the Prince Edward under quarantine.

  • Onedin Line - Undercurrent (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:


    James' daughter arrives with her governess, Letty Gaunt; Elizabeth tries to take over the reins of the business.

  • Onedin Line - Not Wanted on Voyage (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Not Wanted on Voyage

    Albert dies abroad, drawing Elizabeth's attention to the value of his inventions.

  • Onedin Line - A Cold Wind Blowing (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    A Cold Wind Blowing

    The introduction of steam power threatens massive changes in the shipping business, which James must lead the company through.

  • Onedin Line - The Passenger (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    The Passenger

    James decides between Leonora Biddulph and Caroline Maudsley.

  • Onedin Line - Port Out, Starboard Home (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Port Out, Starboard Home

    James sets out to find Capt. Baines when the captain is not picked up with the other survivors of the iceberg crash.

  • Onedin Line - The Silver Caddy (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    The Silver Caddy

    James and Fogarty race to Boston to secure a tea contract.

  • Onedin Line - Over the Horizon (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Over the Horizon

    Capt. Baines is upset to learn that James is growing tired of the sea and is thinking of selling his ships.

  • Onedin Line - A Proposal of Marriage (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    A Proposal of Marriage

    James reveals his marriage proposals to his sister Elizabeth.

  • Onedin Line - Ice and Fire (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Ice and Fire

    While racing against time, one of James' ships gets caught in the ice.

  • Onedin Line - Law of the Fist (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Law of the Fist

    Capt. Baines, a confirmed bachelor, finds himself embroiled in a sinister dilemma when he meets Mrs. Darling.

  • Onedin Line - Black Gold (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Black Gold

    Caroline's plan helps James get his cargo of rubber seeds out of Brazil.

  • Onedin Line - Danger Level (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Danger Level

    James comes into conflict with Samuel Plimsoll, who is campaigning for safe load lines to be painted on ships.

  • Onedin Line - Amazon Cargo (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Amazon Cargo

    Captain Fogarty has trouble with a cargo of coal on the Amazon.

  • Onedin Line - Echoes From Afar (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Echoes From Afar

    James is confronted with two mysteries when he returns to Liverpool.

  • Onedin Line - The Stranger (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    The Stranger

    James finds a woman in a dugout canoe near a freshwater outlet of the Amazon.

  • Onedin Line - The Ship Devils (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    The Ship Devils

    James meets Samuel Plimsoil when the ship devils sink a ship.

  • Onedin Line - Race for Power (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Race for Power

    James challenges Daniel to a race from Foochow to Liverpool, with the winner getting control of the Onedin Steamship Company.

  • Onedin Line - The Challenge (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    The Challenge

    Fogarty tries to take control by buying a tea merchant's shares in the Onedin Line.

  • Onedin Line - Bloody Week (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Bloody Week

    Despite the civil war in France, James travels to Paris.

  • Onedin Line - Goodbye, Goodbye (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Goodbye, Goodbye

    Elizabeth discovers that Albert has visited Carrie Harris again, but Albert threatens divorce and making public Elizabeth's unchastity.

  • Onedin Line - An Inch of Candle (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    An Inch of Candle

    James discovers a derelict schooner and decides to tow it back home.

  • Onedin Line - Beyond the Upper Sea (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Beyond the Upper Sea

    James and Albert sail to Turkey to inspect a steam engine that is ahead of its time.

  • Onedin Line - Frisco Bound (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Frisco Bound

    A trip around Cape Horn.

  • Onedin Line - Coffin Ship (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Coffin Ship

    Elizabeth considers leaving Albert when he gets help from Carrie Harris.

  • Onedin Line - Survivor (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:


    James picks up the lone survivor of a wrecked ship while sailing from Foochow.

  • Onedin Line - Yellow Jack (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Yellow Jack

    James and Albert learn they were responsilbe for bring yellow fever to Liverpool.

  • Onedin Line - Fetch and Carry (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Fetch and Carry

    A ship owner causes an epidemic when he neglects the health regulations.

  • Onedin Line - A Woman Alone (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    A Woman Alone

    Anne leaves James but he tells her that a woman alone cannot survive.

  • Onedin Line - Pound and Pint (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Pound and Pint

    Trouble aboard the Star of Bethlehem; Anne faces a difficult decision.

  • Onedin Line - The Hard Case (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    The Hard Case

    Onedin sails for the West Indies in search of cash and finds trouble instead.

  • Onedin Line - Winner Take All (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Winner Take All

    Lured by profitable prospects, James sets up a company; the Pampero, James's only clipper, sails through rough waters.

  • Onedin Line - Blockade (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:


    James is lured into attempting to run the Unionist blockade by the prospects of high profits.

  • Onedin Line - Shadow of Doubt (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Shadow of Doubt

    Albert comes face to face with the reality that Elizabeth's baby may be illegitimate.

  • Onedin Line - Cry of the Blackbird (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Cry of the Blackbird

    In Australia, a stranger offers James a proposition.

  • Onedin Line - Mutiny (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:


    After a mutiny at Brest, James must convince the rebellious sailors to deliver the ship's cargo to London.

  • Onedin Line - A Very Important Passenger (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    A Very Important Passenger

    Knowing the dangers, Callon sets James up to carry a secret passenger.

  • Onedin Line - When My Ship Comes Home (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    When My Ship Comes Home

    Callon sees an opportunity to bankrupt James when a ship chartered by his rival is lost at sea.

  • Onedin Line - The Homecoming (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Homecoming

    Michael Adams prevents Anne from meeting James at the Liverpool docks when he returns from Lisbon with his new ship.

  • Onedin Line - Passage to Pernambuco (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Passage to Pernambuco

    While in Lisbon, James strikes a deal for a clipper bound for Pernambuco; Elizabeth elopes with Albert Frazer.

  • Onedin Line - Passage to Pernambuca (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Passage to Pernambuca

    A disaster doesn't stop James from heading to South America with the Pampero.

  • Onedin Line - Salvage (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:


    James Onedin scrambles to reach the Charlotte Rhodes, hoping to prevent his rival Callon from salvaging the badly damaged schooner.

  • Onedin Line - Catch as Can (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Catch as Can

    Watson refuses to give James any more business; Baines disappears; Elizabeth reveals that she is pregnant.

  • Onedin Line - High Price (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    High Price

    Before he can build up his fleet of ships, James Onedin needs to find a reasonably priced warehouse.

  • Onedin Line - Other Points of the Compass (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Other Points of the Compass

    Back in Liverpool after a perilous voyage, James Onedin finds more problems ashore including lack of funds and thwarted ambitions.

  • Onedin Line - Plain Sailing (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Plain Sailing

    When James becomes ill during the return voyage from Lisbon, Anne Onedin must learn how to navigate the ship.

  • Onedin Line - The Wind Blows Free (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    The Wind Blows Free

    Ambitious sailing master James Onedin strikes a deal with Anne Webster after her father refuses to sell the schooner Charlotte Rhodes.