Bret Maverick wins the right to join a ring of shipwreck salvagers, but he is soon in debt up to his neck when he engages in a spirited bidding contest, spending $21,000 for a ship whose ...
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Bret Maverick wins the right to join a ring of shipwreck salvagers, but he is soon in debt up to his neck when he engages in a spirited bidding contest, spending $21,000 for a ship whose cargo is apparently only worth half that. Brother Bart soon finds out why their unknown rival was willing to bid so high - in addition to bales of silk and rice, the wreck's hold is full of illegal opium.Written by
This Maverick episode has the brothers involved in getting into a consortium known as The Ring which buys wrecked ships for salvage at a public auction. A
ship wrecked off Midway gets bidded up all out of proportion and James Garner
commits his all to the bidding.
Jack Kelly in the meantime takes an ocean voyage in a ship he charters under the
command of Captain Karl Swenson and one of the crew traveling incognito was
the man who had agents engage in that bidding war.
I won't say what made finding and claiming that salvage so essential, but it is
important and valuable and deadly. In the end Jack Kelly and Patric Knowles
who was behind the bidding are adrift at sea like Captain Bligh after the mutiny.
The episode was so closely based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel The
Wrecker that Warner Brothers gave Stevenson credit and acknowledgement.
This also shows there are some things the Maverick Brothers will not do for
I think Robert Louis Stvenson might have liked this.
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