The Charlotte Rhodes comes across a seemingly abandoned ship, the Maria da Gloria, and James goes onboard to explore her. He finds the ship untended, crewless and her cargo ruined. He sets to jettisoning the spoiled sugar and taking the ship in tow for salvage. On one of her visits to Anne, Elizabeth realises that Anne is pregnant, and though James is sinking every penny into regaining control of the Onedin Line Steamship Company, Elizabeth tells her that she must get out of the warehouse and into a proper house. Once Robert finds out --- and then Sarah, of course --- there's little chance of the secret remaining so any more. Sarah does not take the news well though, seeing their chances of her son inheriting the company on James' retirement or death disappear.
James of course is delighted --- an heir at last to his shipping empire! Naturally, the needs of a mother-to-be soon begin to make themselves known on the shipowner, and Elizabeth wastes no time trying to convince him to move i
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