Episode description: Viv Dodd.
Another favourite of mine as we see James relaxed and willing to pay
some attention to Anne. James (or Peter Gilmore) is also allowed to
show some humour
Albert shows off his
steam Pinnacle to Sulleman - a Turkish minister - who invites him to
go to Turkey to inspect a steam engine well in advance of its time.
James that the trip would help him to redesign their developing
steamer, the Golden Nugget and James agrees to take him in return
for a cargo of Turkish tobacco. Elizabeth refuses to go but Anne
Anne is amused by Baines' over enticing description of the Turkish
maidens and their `silky pantaloons' vividly portrayed to the rest
of the crew and James attention is drawn to it.
At home, Emma Callon
is feeling `rushed' into marriage but Elizabeth's opinion is that
she appears frightened of men.
Albert, James and Anne are welcomed to the hospitality of the Turks
by Sulleman and Sir Charles - the representative of the British
government. Handmaidens are allocated to see to the needs of all but
when Anne enters to find James being undressed for his bath by a
group of females she dismisses them and James insists she see to her
wifely duties by preparing him.
Albert becomes besotted with one of the girls - Leyla but Sulleman
confesses that there is no revolutionary steam engine for Albert to
see but he wishes him to stay and develop steam ships for the
Turkish navy. Religious fundamentalists are plotting against the
Sultan and Sulleman's western views but Albert, enticed by Leyla,
tells James he is going to stay in Turkey.
Sir Charles warns
James that the religious fanatics are showing displeasure at
Albert's appointment and that a strong Turkish navy could threaten
British trade and naval interests.
Whilst aboard ship James, Anne and Baines have a visitor from the
past - Fletcher - one of Jessop's seamen's council that had been
imprisoned. He tells them of the eruption of the volcano on Santorin
which had now interrupted the supply of pumice, used to waterproof
the cement used for the Suez Canal. A large amount of money would be
made by any captain willing to sail to the island and he knew how to
get there and where a steamship could be acquired. He would act as
guide - for a cut of the profits. James agrees.
Anne and James call in to see Albert before they sail and James
tries to persuade him to return with them `Have you considered
Elizabeth?' Elizabeth has written to say that she will not join
Albert and he says (almost prophesying what is going to happen)
`You, Anne, you'd follow James through hell and high water. You'd
die for him and so would he for you but Elizabeth, well she will
always do what is best for Elizabeth'.
James and Anne head for Santorin by steamship whilst Baines is left
to load the cargo of tobacco on the Charlotte Rhodes. Both are
fascinated by the ship's steam engine but James is not entirely
enamoured `What happens if yer engine breaks down? Wait for a
sailing ship to come by?' - they soon get the chance to see as
silence descends aboard and James says to Anne in exasperation `I
can see us drifting for ever. Never seeing land again.
Meanwhile Sulleman is murdered by the religious fanatics with a plot
to blame Albert but Leyla has him drugged and smuggled aboard the
Charlotte Rhodes with orders for Baines to sail immediately.
Santorin erupts as James waits for a load of pumice and he has to
sail away for their safety but they leave Fletcher on the island,
injured and crawling into the sea.