With James and Robert Onedin now aware of
Elizabeth's condition, they insist that she reconcile with
Fogarty and marry him without delay. Upon Fogarty's return
from a sea voyage, they inform him of the situation.
However, he insists on consulting Elizabeth. Elizabeth
stubbornly refuses to be pressured into marriage.
James faces ruin when the Charlotte Rhodes, under Baines'
command, is abandoned by her crew six miles from shore due a
fire in the forward hold. Edmund Callon suggests to his
father taking their fastest ship to claim her and her cargo
for salvage. James Onedin faces ruin - he did not insure the
vessel for this trip - and asks Albert Frazer if his
untested steam-powered ship could get there first. Despite a
temporary breakdown, they do reach the Charlotte Rhodes
first, put out the smoldering fire and bring the ship into