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When the Enterprise is impounded, Grey has to sell a partnership to master pilot Bill Blake. However, both men soon end up having to get a local sheriff's cooperation by offering him a trip on President Zachary Taylor's inaugural voyage. And to pull that off, they'll need to shanghai the contract--and the President-- from a rival captain, "Bloodhead" Morgan.
In Baton Rouge in 1849, Pilot Bill Blake offers to buy a 10% share of the Enterprise
for $10,000 from Grey, knowing that he's in dire financial straits. Grey assures him that he has $1,000 to his name... and a plan to multiply that tenfold. As Bill wonders how, Grey is distracted by his dates for the evening, which hail him from the dock. He tells Bill to talk to him again in the morning and then leaves in the two women's carriage...Read the full recap
Grey: Well, we could usurp the Tennessee's contract.
Lucy Belle: What's "usurp"?
Bill: Oh, latch onto, shanghai.
Lucy Belle: We're going to shanghai the President of the United States?
Grey: Well... yeah, you might call it that.
Bill: That is what you're going to hang for.
Lucy Belle: We're really going to shanghai the President?
Bill: May the Lord have mercy on our souls.
Grey: Carney! Pour it on, we need all the steam we can get.
Carney: We give it any more steam, she's going to blow us to heck.
Grey: I'm halfway there already.