Planning to sail to Boston, the Major, Hawks and Charlie are instead shanghaied to New Orleans where they meet a Captain who has different ideas on raising his child and running a ship.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Matthew Cobb
First Mate Ferris
Patricia 'Pat' Cobb
Harold Fong ...
Wong (as Harold G. Fong)
Alfie (as Wm. Keene)
Ethel Shutta ...
Jail Prisoner (as Frank S. Hagney)
Hal John Norman ...
Indian Chief (as Hal Jon Norman)


Adams, Hawks, and Wooster have a first class sailing trip to Boston planned while Flint is going back cross country through rough Indian territory. However, while Flint is being treated as an honored guest by Indians and visiting the now sheriff, Willy Moran, the other three men are shanghaied on a freighter headed to New Orleans with the fair Captain Cobb but a vengeful first mate. The men settle into being sailors and find the Captain has his young daughter and her tutor Minnie on board. The girl, Pat, is excited to hear Adams talk about the west. Minnie is concerned, however, that Pat is being harmed in the all male environment with no children. Adams is forced to hit the first mate to save Pat during a storm and could be subject to hanging. He is freed but the first mate tries to frame him for harming Minnie. Confusion reigns due to conflicting stories as the Captain investigates to learn the truth and further hears that Adams proposed to Minnie. Adams uses the false story to help... Written by Anonymous

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1 October 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The Other Way To The Coast
23 May 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This is an episode I well remember from the old Wagon Train series, it was the first episode of their second season.

After having gotten the Wagon Train safely to California, Ward Bond, Frank McGrath and Terry Wilson get a visit from Mr. Michael Finn at a dive on the Barbary Coast. The three of them wake up and find themselves in the foc'sle of a clipper ship making a return voyage around the Horn. As did so many folks who were not careful in San Francisco back in the day.

The ship is the Sea Witch and it's captain is William Bendix, promoted from his role as first mate in Two Years Before the Mast. Bendix is a tough cookie as he has to be in the job he's in. What's unusual is that he's got his young daughter on board, Sandra Descher. He's raising the child on board the ship.

Bendix is like Captain Ahab, who if you remember never left the Pequod when they were in port. Unlike Ahab his story has a much happier ending.

Wagon Train never really bothered with continuity too much, but in this case it did for one episode. Ernest Borgnine was the guest star on the very first episode in the first season and the Wagon Train crew bids him goodbye at the start of this episode.

We saw very little of the wagons crossing the plains in this episode.

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