Sea Patrol (2007): S01E06 – Precious Cargo


The first season of the Australian drama series Sea Patrol premiered on the Nine Network on 05 July 2007. The 13-episode season concluded 04 October 2007. Set aboard HMAS Hammersley, an old Royal Australian Navy (RAN) patrol boat, the series follows the ship’s company as they investigate the deaths of several people, who are linked by a web of intrigue.


Hammersley nearly collides with a lost shipping container, washed overboard from a ship during a night-time storm. Upon investigation, the RO and ET discover that the shipping container contains a number of North Korean refugees. In trying to open the container RO hurts his arm but decides to treat the wound himself rather than seeking help.

Two friends aboard a luxury boat have also come across the container, and when met by Hammersley, the crew realises that these are the men who gave Spider the crabs on Bright Island. Later, the men’s boat is found ransacked and one man is found dead, while the other man, Carl Davies, is missing.

The RO receives news that his father has died but does not appear upset by the news, which worries the CO and XO. Later while helping with a rescue RO collapses and the seriousness of his arm wound is discovered. He has lost a lot of blood, and Swain states he doesn’t have the skill to stitch the wound properly. One of the refugees, Dr. Soong, comes to the aid of RO and stitches up a deep wound on his arm.

After the refugees are brought onshore, RO visits Dr Soong at the hospital and discovers there is a second container of refugees on another ship containing Dr Soong’s family. At RO’s desperate urging Hammersley races to find the ship with the second container before it can get through and land. The crew narrow the list down to two ships: Pacific Mariner and Prince Alexander. A thorough search of Pacific Mariner yields nothing but containers full of bottled water, but thankfully the crew find the other container of refugees on Prince Alexander and RO is able to reunite Dr Soong with his family.

Mike becomes increasingly worried about Ursula’s disappearance and is disturbed when he asks the federal police, who deny that anything is going on.

Kate is wooed by the charming civilian captain of the freighter Pacific Mariner, not knowing that he is not what he seems.

Guest actors: Steve Nation, Damien Garvey, John Claire Lee, Matthew Whittett, Jack Heywood, Laura Pike, Jeamin Lee, Jordan Ling.

Sea Patrol Series

You can find a full index and overview of Sea Patrol here.

You can find a full index of Sea Patrol Series 01 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 09 August 2007.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Rating: 12+.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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