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Was it Winston Churchill who said something along the lines of 'Two nations divided by a common language'?
Charlotte Rhodes disappeared because she caught fire. Funnily enough catching fire also played a part in Soren Larsen appearing as she was bought as a burnt out insurance salvage write-off for very little money, the owners got her rigged and sailing, they then landed the BBC work which allowed them to refit her fully although we did buy two Portapotti loos for the ladies to use, they weren't too keen to use the ships 'Gludge', a portable shed with galvanized funnel leading overboard and a bucket with rope to provide the flush.

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Subject: Re: [shiponedingroup] I'm new here
Date: Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 17:34


Wow! No PBS channel I could get aired 'The Onedin Line', much less 'The Running Tide' (which sounds like some episodes I'd love to get copies of!). I was able to see TOL (several series behind what was current) in 1979-1980 on Channel 9 (WOR it was then, not WWOR like now) in New York City. They stopped airing episodes after "A Proposal of Marriage" (Series 3, Episode 9), and I thought that was the end until I found this great Group, and a few other sites dedicated to the Series.

And in my quest for TOL knowledge I stumbled across a Tall ship forum (I don't think it exists anymore), but on there I found a pen pal who sailed aboard the Charlotte Rhodes in 1975-76 before she was sold (which is why she is only mentioned, but never seen in the Series again in anything other than stock footage of her underway). I also became pen pals with Michael Billington (about TOL as well as 'UFO') before he passed away. He was a great guy who seemed to love talking (e-mailing?) with fans of both shows.

So welcome aboard! Things are usually quiet here, but when discussions get going they're very interesting and quite a few members get involved. And I do have a question that no one has been able to answer yet: maybe I missed it when watching my way through the entire Series, but at some point in Series 7 or 8, it's mentioned that James Onedin has no steamships, yet I can't remember any mention in a previous series where there's mention of him permanently selling the Anne Onedin.

I know he lost her when Jack Frazer sold her and she was renamed Scotch Lass, but then James regained possession of her (in "A Proposal of Marriage" via salvage rights) and renamed her Anne Onedin again. Then he sold her for 5,000 pounds (I forget the episode's title), used that money to buy several small schooners, then turned around and sold the schooners during the coal miners' strike making 10 thousand pounds on the deal, and bought back the Anne Onedin for only 2,000 pounds.

That was the last I knew of James doing any selling of her, and he still had her at the end of Series 6. So, was there something I missed that left him without the Anne Onedin in Series 7 and 8?


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Subject: [shiponedingroup] I'm new here

I'm glad to see other people are as impressed with The Onedin Line as I have been!

I've read all the messages and hope to reply to some. After seeing the enthusiasm and dedication of list members trying to get DVDs of the complete series I started skipping those messages about availability — I guess everybody has sources now. I just bought the 91 episode 32 DVD Region 1 set from sir_Arlen

I think that's a good value at $127 + $3 postage but ask about the clipped end credits.

I first saw OL about 1977 when PBS broadcast series 1 & 2 in the US. VCR's didn't exist then but I was such a video enthusiast I'd bought a reel-to-reel color video tape recorder, so I was able to record those episodes and I watched them so many times I practically had them memorized. PBS followed the 50 minute episodes with a 10 minute feature "The Running Tide", which was a short historical documentary about seafaring. The topic was often related to a theme of the OL episode.

When Anne died I thought that was a final end. PBS stopped broadcasting the series ~1978, I assumed that was the end of the series. When I bought a VCR in 1981 I copied my OL reel tapes to VHS and kept re-watching them. Years later in a library glancing at an Australian newspaper I was thrilled to notice the TV listings — they were getting series 5!

Then I think it was the Arts & Entertainment channel about 1990 where I got series 5-8 on VHS, missing only the first few episodes of series 7. Recently I tried copying my 30 year old VHS cassettes to DVD and realized how crummy my old VHS cassettes are. I still may try to recover "The Running Tide" (15 different topics), I thought they were very well done too,

I started shopping for DVDs and quickly found the set above. Now I've seen series 3-4 for the first time and watched the whole series twice! So I may remember answers to some questions and if I think of questions I bet somebody out there has recently watched the relevant episodes.

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