There has been a mutiny on a ship chartered
by James Onedin and he boards off the French coast to see if
he can still rescue the cargo of pineapples, which would
perish if the crew were to be tried in France. He proposes
to sail the ship home under his command and convinces the
crew that it is better for them to get a trial in England,
so they will be able to see their wives and children again.
They claim they didn't mutiny but relieved the captain of
his duties because he had gone mad, throwing food overboard,
making false accusations and beating someone for not singing
a hymn properly. During the voyage, James finds out the
captain is a religious fanatic who is convinced he will die
on the voyage. He says the crew plan to kill him and is
found hanged shortly after. In Liverpool, they discover the
ship has made a lot of water, as a result of holes drilled
in the hull. An auger is found in the quarters of the
captain, who was the only one below during the storm, during
which it must have been done.
James Onedin testifies and the
crew are acquitted.