Catch as Can By Alun Richards
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James sails home to
yet more money problems. Elizabeth cannot decide whether to marry
Frazer or Fogarty.
James returns from La Rochelle. After a storm, part of the cargo for
Watsons is damaged and this is used as an excuse for them to tell
James he will no longer have their trade but he is told the real
reason is that Callon is warning businesses not to deal with the
Onedin Line or risk losing Callon's business.
James brings Anne a fan from the market in La Rochelle and gives it
her with little fuss. She is touched by the gesture and it is
another sign of the growing affection between them.
Albert Frazer invites James and Anne to a weekend at his Aunt's
house - providing James can persuade Elizabeth to attend as well.
James realizes what an asset his sister could be in creating a link
between a shipping company and ship builders like Frazers.
The `home' that Anne has made in the warehouse is spartan and rat
infested so a weekend away is tempting for her although
she is suspicious of the importance of Elizabeth's attendance.
Elizabeth is pining for Daniel Fogarty and amused by the attentions
of Albert Frazer although aware that she is expecting Fogarty's
As they are preparing to leave for
Aunt Letitia's, James cannot find Baines and realizes he has been
`crimped' by a San Francisco bound American clipper significantly
trading with Callon and his son Edmund.
As James leaves to get Baines back - with a gun - Anne asks `would
you come after me?' `Well that depends.' `Depends on what?' Anne
asks. `Depends on what you'd taken with you,' James says with a
smile. Their growing love and dependence on one another is then
shown as Anne hugs James and says, 'take care you suddenly seem so
small - precious to me.'
James and one other
crew member take the Charlotte Rhodes to intercept the American ship
before she leaves British waters and after some dangerous sailing,
get the attention of the pilot who demands the American captain
allows James aboard. Baines has been beaten and is on the rigging
but James demands he is brought down and allowed to sign his name
which he is able to after Anne's teaching.
Fogarty storms into Aunt Letitia's causing upset and Elizabeth shows
her disgust at him. She and Anne return home and Elizabeth's state
is confirmed to Anne who tells Robert.
James and Baines return safely but who is going to tell James of his