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Sea Fever


A fearsome captain of the seas inflicts the ultimate punishment for people who even dare to look at his wife. But some people can't contain their passions for her.



Air Dates

  • First Run - February 19, 1974
  • Repeat - May 11, 1974
  • Repeat - March 10, 1979





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18 Responses to Episode 0042

This episode has a lot of twists & turns. What You think will happen & what actually happens will surprise you. The actors & writters did an excellent job! Grab a cup of tea,go to the sea side on a dark foggy night & snuggle up in a blanket while listening to this mystery.Look out to sea for distant lights & listen to fog horns. I suggest you DONT go by your self. This is a real sailors yarn....


I've been commenting a lot on how I was able to see the end coming a mile away. The same is true here. I don't claim to be unusually prescient or savvy, but I am a big fan of the mystery/fantasy/horror/sci-fi anthology genre. The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, the Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, all that stuff. And so, yes, I did see the writing on the wall by the end of Act I because I'm used to this kind of story. I agree with Kathy that it was well-written and well-acted. Listen carefully; it's a rare episode in that E.G. Marshall lies to the listener about certain plot points. Dream sequences but no supernatural elements.


Really wasn't looking forward to this one. I generally can't stand ship tales. But this was pretty hard-hitting. A ship's captain, who was once scalped by Indians but somehow survived, albeit with his head in a fairly disfigured shape, brings his wife on board for a nefarious mission to Africa that involves selling slaves. He keeps her locked up in their cabin, and becomes increasingly paranoid that every man on board wants to have her. With his brute strength he embarks on a jealous, murderous rage, intent on making the ship their own personal paradise. Gotta say, it kept me interested...


To elaborate on the three previous comments would be frivolous. They describe "Sea Fever" to the tee. The greatest compliment that I can give an episode is if I would recommend it to someone as what I refer to as a "first listen." This episode fits that category.

Davy Joe

Excellent sound effects really help to add realism to this episode. I love a good OTR ship tale and this one is excellent.


A terrific tale of a sea voyage where the captian is a very jealous man. He brings his wife on board which causes terrific problems.


How to kill all on a ship, and why.


A jealous sea captain sends men to their deaths for even looking at his wife. Unfortunately, some men just can't resist.

Jeff Alarcon

This is another version of the story "Walking Shadows" by Alfred Noyes which was done a bit better as "The Log of the Evening Star" on Escape. A lot of good dialog in this one and none too slow but they pissed away the big shock with a filtered "ghost voice"... The simple revelation of the captain alone in his cabin, speaking as though to his wife - as seen by the last survivor - would have worked better. Then they beat us over the head with the point several times (Yes, his wife is dead. She was dead before the voyage. Yes, we got that...) before the captain follows her. Still looking for a few really good episodes.

Bing Bachini

A sea captain takes his wife with him wherever he goes, but protects her most jealously. There is a reson for the old nautical superstition about women on board a sailing ship. Here we discover why, and the disturbing consequences. I really enjoy these historical episodes.


One of the better episodes for evoking atmosphere. As my home is not air-conditioned, I especially enjoy listening to this episode whenever my area experiences an extreme heat or cold spell. The wind, waves, water, and especially the story line indeed provide some well needed chills (when it's hot, of course).


I thought it ironic that the captain was jealous of anyone trying to look at his wife, when his wife wasn't even there. Quite the psychotic person, but it sounds like the type of person who would run a ship like that.


This is one of the best episodes I've listened to so far. If you notice, the captain's wife never talks to any of the crew members, and in the end you learn why.

Joe Mama

I have always enjoyed a good sea story ever since I was in the Navy. The days of wooden ships and adventures are intriguing and mysterious as this story has it all. The captain has said to have brought his wife with him on the ship he has been hired to sail to the dark continent. The crew are unsettled and the passengers know that it bad luck to have a woman on board. This is a great mystery and a sea story! Four stars in my opinion. Hope you enjoy it as well.


Nice atmosphere; as others have opined, sea tales are not my thing, but this is a pretty good plot. Harder to keep my attention on it, but worth the effort.

Christina A.

This is a fanciful explanation of the real-life mystery of the Mary Celeste (1872) which became famous after an 1884 short story by Arthur Conan Doyle entitled "I. Habakuk Jephson's Statement." The excerpt from the log of this show's fictional ship at the beginning of the episode is practically a dead ringer for the description of the Mary Celeste when it was found off the Azores.


That's "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement"--not I. Habakuk.


Excellent episode, a good seafaring yarn that keeps one enthralled with good acting and atmosphere. Definitely one to listen to on a nice stormy night 😉


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