Series 3. Episode 4. AMAZON CARGO. By
Description by Viv Dodd.
Jose Braghanza and Elizabeth have become very close in the 3 weeks
spent together in Liverpool but Jose is to leave for Brazil on the
Charlotte Rhodes with captain Baines where his Portuguese language
could be of use to James' business ventures. James is sailing on the
Osiris with a cargo of coal having refused Leonora's request to sail
with him. James asks Caroline to accompany him but she refuses and
sails on the Tarpin with her uncle, Jack Frazer. Both men are eager
to develop the coal trade with the Brazilian railways.
Fogarty is already on the Amazon with the steam ship Scot's Lass but
is having trouble with the local officials who prevaricate and slow
down his passage upriver with his cargo of coal. Baines arrives and
meets the same reception so he sends Jose after Fogarty in a canoe,
accompanied by a native. To ensure Jose's return Baines holds
another native captive until the safe return of the young
Fogarty runs aground and soon attracts the attention of the local
Amerindians who unsettle the crew with their antics.
When James reaches the Charlotte Rhodes, he finds Caroline aboard
and she is frightened by the appearance of the captive native,
attracted by beads and baubles in the cabin, as it brings back the
horrific events surrounding her husband's death. James frightens off
the native, who then escapes overboard, as he reassures Caroline.
The next morning James goes to the Tarpin to discuss business with
Jack Fraser. Fraser asks for the use of the Charlotte Rhodes to off
load his cargo of coal before it and the ship are lost. James agrees
to save Fraser's coal in return for regaining his steam ship which
is really the Anne Onedin that Albert Frazer designed. While leaving
Frazer to think it over James goes to offer his good wishes to the
still shocked Caroline but she is in no mood for his sympathy and
accuses him of being thoughtless and uncaring and goads him about
the way he treated his dead wife Anne.
A loud argument develops and she slaps
James' face. On returning to Frazer for an answer to his offer,
James is told that the steam ship is not solely Jack Frazer's now
because he had to raise capital for the Brazilian venture by selling
shares in the Wirral steamship company. Caroline now enters and
comments to her father, but intentionally in James' presence, that
she believes that the authorities from Manaus will not allow the
coal trade to develop with another port (is she sorry for the way
she treated James?) So James knows that he needs to cut his losses
and return to Liverpool. He agrees to offload the coal from the
Scots Lass for 50% of its value.
When he returns to Baines on the Charlotte Rhodes, a canoe with the
slaughtered Jose in it is found.
On his return to Liverpool, Elizabeth is distraught at the news and
James is told that senor Braghanza, who gave James his first start
in trade, no longer wants to deal with the Onedin Line. James
appears philosophical about it and leaves Leonora to comfort his