with Cyril Abraham in summer 1973 prior to the stories he wrote for
I can't remember all the details off hand but I do know that the name
Onedin came from the sea creature Ondine. Cyril originally had a
different name for the series – The Shipmaster I think which later
became the title of the first book – but the BBC didn't like the
title and wanted another name. He was playing around with the word
Ondine and came up with Onedin.
And yes Cyril did originally envisage the story of the family up to
the then present day.