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  • in reply to: Onedin line on TV #1254
    Ah, Elaine,

    Sadly, the only telly we have in our house that is more than ten years
    old is the old black and white set that I watched as a child while sitting
    on my great-grandmother's lap. So it's safe to say that it's at least 50
    years old (but it still works!) I keep the dust blown out of it and still
    have it for sentimental reasons. But black and white… I'd like to see the

    All my other tellys (there are only two) are less than five years old.
    One isn't even a year old yet: HD LCD! I finally managed to afford one.

    I keep asking my kid (some kid; he's 26 going for his Master's degree)
    to download the episodes and put them on DVD for me since he's got a DVD
    burner in his computer, and he's got that u-torrent (or is that bit torrent?
    – hell I can't keep them straight). He keeps giving me that "Oh yeah! I
    can do that for you; easy!" But instead he spends all of his "down time" on
    World of Warcraft.

    Maybe I'll get his mother to threaten him. (No one survives "The
    Mother's Look!")


    In a message dated 12/9/2010 1:43:26 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

    On Thu, 9 Dec 2010 00:40:06 EST, _LambuLambu@aol.com_ (mailto:LambuLambu@ wrote:

    > (WITHOUT any subtitles to distract)

    Thank you Dino for your interesting discussion about your job. For we
    landlubbers there is so much to know about the sea!

    The non-English versions of the Onedin Line have the ability to turn
    off the sub-titles. So long as you have a less-than-10-year-old TV your
    DVD should read either format (PAL or NTSC) and you can watch every
    episode without a hitch.

    Cheers from Down Under …

    Elaine in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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    in reply to: Onedin line on TV #1252
    I believe you, sir! I just retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer, from
    29 years of active duty in the US Coast Guard, and early in my career
    (1982-84) I was aboard a buoy tender. Very hard work that was. If anyone has seen
    the "Dirty Jobs" episode when Mike Rowe worked aboard the USCGC Aspen
    (that's US Coast Guard Cutter for those unfamiliar with the designation),
    you'll know what I mean. First hand info here – none of that was staged; all of
    what you saw Mike do was our daily routine, and at times we worked up to
    eight buoys a day, and each one could take anywhere from thirty minutes to
    three hours each depending on how bad the buoy was, which of course
    determined how many buoys we worked.

    Only back then, we didn't have the jack-hammer-like thing Mike used to
    scrape the buoys clean; it was all done with those long hand scrapers he
    started out with. Positioning the buoys was done with sextants and not GPS. And
    with the exception of the boom which handled the buoys, all davits and any
    other such equipment was hand-cranked: no hydraulics (but what would one
    expect from a buoy tender that was built in the 1940s?). Ah, the fun times!

    I really wish we could get the "The Onedin Line" Series (all eight) here in
    the US without having to jump through hoops and do back-flips to find good
    English language versions (WITHOUT any subtitles to distract). I loved
    watching it with my father (also a prior "Coastie") in the late '70s when the
    Series actually aired on certain US channels and haven't seen an episode
    since. Although, as a consolation, I have found a pen pal in the UK who
    served aboard the topsail schooner Charlotte Rhodes (who starred as the
    Charlotte Rhodes in the Series – they didn't change the name of that lovely vessel
    for filming), also in the late '70s, before Charlotte sadly fell victim to


    In a message dated 12/5/2010 11:59:15 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

    Hello Bill,

    Better recordings thank you but also more episodes that I'd forgotten I
    was in!

    I've been in touch with another deck hand who was involved in earlier
    filming onboard the Soren and who also missed seeing the original series
    because we were both at sea on Sorlandet and other tallships, he too has been
    recording all.

    Repeat fees? It was £10 a week ships money and £20 a day BBC money and
    food and that was it!
    Aye it were tough before the mast in my day, an' you tell young people
    today an' they don't believe you……..


    From: Bill <_william.whittaker1@ntlworld.com_
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    Subject: Re: [shiponedingroup] Onedin line on TV
    To: _shiponedingroup@yahoogroups.com_
    Date: Sunday, 5 December, 2010, 16:35

    Hello Richard.

    Did you take the opportunity to get better recordings of the episodes that
    my tapes provided a few years ago?

    Did you get any repeat fees? 🙂


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    From: Richard
    To: _shiponedingroup@yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:shiponedingroup@yahoogroups
    Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2010 2:35 PM
    Subject: Re: [shiponedingroup] Onedin line on TV

    Yes! I was in it and I missed it the first time around. Was I ever that

    —– Original Message —–
    From: regencylady04
    To: _shiponedingroup@yahoogroups.com_
    Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2010 11:53 AM
    Subject: [shiponedingroup] Onedin line on TV

    has anyone been watching it over the past few months?


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    in reply to: Period Accuracy #1230
    Sadly, it seems no matter how hard production teams try with historical
    films and such, there are always anachronisms that sneak in (i.e. nylon line
    for rigging, possibly for safety or maritime regulations reasons, dunno). It
    would probably be impossible to prevent every single one from showing up.

    Besides, it's fine to be a sailing era buff (I'm one – in fact I've got a
    pen pal in the UK who actually was crew on Charlotte Rhodes before Charlotte
    met with that fire), but we can ignore small anachronistic things like
    that. I also do US Civil War living history (US Revenue Cutter Service) and
    those who nit-pick at every little detail we, in the LH community, refer to
    as "Rivet Counters" (or "Stitch Nazis", depending on how obnoxious they are).


    In a message dated 9/17/2010 2:39:16 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

    Never mind the locations, the series is peppered with period errors, such
    as Talurit splices in the rigging (yes as a tallship sailor and rigger I was
    one of those 'buffs') and synthetics all over the place and who allowed
    those modern galvanised railings aft on the Charlotte episode after
    On a very personal level Ken in wardrobe went ballistic when he discovered
    I'd been climbing the rigging in Clark's 'pasty's' (remember those shoes?)

    However, none of it mattered, or matters today, what matters is it was and
    is the only series to give us the pleasure of seeing so many traditional
    sailing ships, of whatever period!

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    in reply to: All 91 episodes released on DVD in Germany now… #1198
    I may be wrong, but I think I read somewhere that the tapes containing this version (like many of the early "Doctor Who" stories) were reused to record new stories over it, meaning that version is lost forever, unless someone managed to record a copy when it first aired.

    But, also like the early "Who" stories, this may turn up in the hands of a collector one day, or in someone's closet because he recorded it, and we may see it restored and released. We can but hope.

    (Of course, being in the Colonies here, getting ANY of "The Onedin Line" episodes is an exercise in frustration. Even repeated, polite, almost begging requests to BBC America have yielded nothing.)


    On Jul 28, 2010, at 8:52:09 AM, matzel_2001 <> wrote:

    From: matzel_2001 <>
    Subject: [shiponedingroup] Re: All 91 episodes released on DVD in Germany now…
    Date: July 28, 2010 8:52:09 AM EDT

    @ dan.adams�
    Yes, all 91 episodes. Only the pilot episode from 1970 with Anne Onedin played by Sheila Allen is missing. What a pity 🙁

    Does anyone know if this first version 'The wind blows free' was released on DVD in other countries?

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    in reply to: Review of series 6 DVDs #1178
    This is good news, sort of. (North America region calling here.) The problem is not only in the DVD player, but it's also in the TV. A "region free" DVD player will play any region DVD, but if it was recorded in PAL format the N. American TVs will not recognize the signals, and you will still get a blank screen.

    Some TVs have an auto-detect function that will adjust to either PAL or NTSC format, but good luck trying to find one in any store. I've located a few on line, but the places selling them haven't been given the greatest reviews.

    So my question – for anyone who knows more about this than me – if you have a "region free" DVD player, and it plays a Region 2 in PAL format, can you still get it to play on an NTSC TV if you use the straight audio and video outputs? (In other words, don't go through the tuner, but rather the red, white, and yellow "RCA" jacks that use the audio and composite video before it goes through the tuner to get to your TV's cable input?)


    On Jul 13, 2010, at 4:54:59 PM, "Willie Wade" <> wrote:

    From: "Willie Wade" <>
    Subject: Re: [shiponedingroup] Review of series 6 DVDs
    Date: July 13, 2010 4:54:59 PM EDT

    — On Tue, 2/3/10, Bill <> wrote:

    From: Bill <>
    Subject: [shiponedingroup] Review of series 6 DVDs
    Date: Tuesday, 2 March, 2010, 11:16

    After some false starts and problems I won't go in to here I finally obtained the Series 6 DVDs from an eBay seller.

    These are the latest of the Memphis Bell released, are in the original episode format and are of similar quality to the previous five series that have been released from the same source.

    By default they have subtitles in the Dutch language, these can be turned off, the soundtrack is the original English one.

    These would again appear to been made from broadcast tapes, possibly second generation copies intended for overseas TV companies, in this case probably the ones the BBC sent to the Netherlands.�

    Having said that there is nothing really wrong with them, and short of re-mastering from original BBC tapes – unlikely because it would be expensive – they are the best we are likely to get.

    The discs are Region 2 PAL, so those of you in other regions will need to make sure you can play them on your equipment. This is a special problem for north American viewers I'm told. Most North American DVD players do not understand PAL system and region 2 or 0 (so called universal region). They understand only NTSC system and region 1.

    A solution is to buy a suitable player. Google for multi-region code free pal/NTSC DVD players, I easily found one seller, (there are many to choose from), example:

    http://www.220-�electronics. com/dvd/dvdorig. htm�

    So overall I'm pleased with the series 6 DVDs now if they'll just do the two remaining series…


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    Bill,Will the DVDs work in Ireland without having to buy a player.

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    in reply to: THe Cult of Sunday Night #1181
    Sadly, this isn't available to us in the Colonies, and according to the message on the site neither is the download.

    I guess I'll just have to keep searching for those good old Region 1 DVDs.


    On May 5, 2010, at 12:41:23 PM, bty261364 <> wrote:

    From: bty261364 <>
    Subject: [shiponedingroup] THe Cult of Sunday Night
    Date: May 5, 2010 12:41:23 PM EDT
    Just to say that if you missed the repeat of the Onedin Line episode that aired last night (4 May) on BBC4 as part of the Sea Fever season then it is available for 7 days on iPlayer

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    in reply to: Home Videos on Charlotte Rhodes? #1150
    I'm happy you liked the video, Nathalie. I haven't heard much of the Dutch language so I yield to your knowledge there. Thanks for making me that little bit smarter. (Heavens knows someone has to because I'm not having much luck doing it on my own!)

    The only reason I thought it was German is because a friend of mine who watched the video said she recognized what they were saying, and translated what she said sounded like German. (The translation made perfect sense to me considering what the people supposedly said. I had to take her word for it because I didn't know any better.)

    Whoever posted that video to YouTube spelled the title with a Y, so again I yield to your knowledge of the language for the correct spelling as being with the IJ.


    — In, Nathalie Bonne <nathalie.bonne@…> wrote:
    > Good Saturday morning all,
    > What a great find, Galacticprobe! I have just been watching part of the YouTube video, and I can inform you that this is not German but all Dutch. I am Dutch too, you see, and the town of IJmuiden is near Amsterdam, at the North Sea. (It is spelled with an I and a J at the beginning, not a Y).
    > My poot is very slow and has trouble downloading the whole video but the person who made this did a really good job. The Charlotte Rhodes made her very last journey this time, from IJmuiden onto the North Sea – she was owned by a Dutchman who purchased her after she had done her job in the 'Onedin Line'. This trip was made in 1979, and as she lay in the harbour of Amsterdam that year, vandals set fire to her and she was blown to pieces. My heart broke when I read about this a few years ago, and I have a copper engraved piece on the wall in my living room with Dartmouth on the background in my living room as my own personal tribute to her.
    > Hope Marianne can help me out with the Dutch as, like I said, my pooter is not working with me and I can't see/listen to the full video. But thanks for this anyway!
    > Have a great Saturday everyone.
    > Nathalie
    > — On Sat, 12/9/09, galacticprobe <LambuLambu@…> wrote:
    > From: galacticprobe <LambuLambu@…>
    > Subject: [shiponedingroup] Home Videos on Charlotte Rhodes?
    > To:
    > Date: Saturday, 12 September, 2009, 6:00 AM
    > Greetings, All,
    > Things have been rather quiet on the group lately, so when I came across this I thought everyone would find it interesting. I was searching the web for sources from which to purchase "The Onedin Line" dvds and saw a link to YouTube. I checked it out and found what looks like some home movies that were taken aboard the Charlotte Rhodes back in 1979. (It looks like it's all in German.) A friend of mine who speaks some German said the first caption (with the person climbing the ratlines) says "Where are the handles?"; the second caption (at the wheel) says "James the second", possibly a reference to this version of James Onedin at the wheel.
    > Anyway, here's the link:
    > If that link doesn't work for some reason, just do a YouTube search for "Onedin Line in Ymuiden" which is the piece's title.
    > Later,
    > Dino

    in reply to: References to the Onedin in popular culture? #671
    Greetings, All,

    I know I'm a bit late on this, but I didn't have any comments to
    ass until a few days or so ago when my wife & I were watching an
    episode of "Are You Being Served?". Mr. Humphries was talking about
    his television experience the previous night. (Not trying to memorize
    the dialog – laughing at their effective use of "self-cleaning
    pronography") Mr. Humphries says his television had no picture, only
    sound, when he turned it on & found himself in the middle of a
    programme. He describes what dialog he heard, with it sounding more &
    more like some lurid X-rated thing the more he talked. Finally he says
    he heard someone say [something like] "Bring her around, Mr. Baines;
    and I realized it was 'The Onedin Line.'"

    Not exactly "modern" culture, but it was a (humourous) reference.


    — In, "braniffjetliner2002"
    <braniffjetliner2002@y…> wrote:

    > Are there any references to The Onedin Line in movies, novels, TV
    > shows, cliches, etc. since the show was on the air? Since Onedin had


    > big following, I wondered if spurred popular slang, if people in


    > made references to characters and the like.
    > Your thoughts are welcome.

    in reply to: OL videos to give away #465
    — In, "venture02001"
    <quadflieg.helga@t…> wrote:

    > Hi everybody,
    > I have a set of old BBC videos(series 1+2; 8 videos; PAL) to give
    > away.
    > The tapes have had many a re-run, so their condition is closer
    > to "good" than to "very good"(but better than "acceptable").
    > If you want them, you're welcome to them! – Helga

    Greetings, Helga,

    It's been a while since I've been able to check the OL group & I
    just saw your post. Are the videos still available, or has some lucky
    member snatched them up already?


    in reply to: The Scotch Lass #173
    Maija, Thanks a bunch for that nice welcome & the great info on the
    Scotch Lass. (I see I was also a bit off with the name. I know time
    has clouded my memory, buy at least I was close!) You certainly
    answered my question (& a few others I hadn't thought of!).


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