Voyage of the Scarlet Queen was a short lived radio adventure on the high seas, airing on Mutual from 3 July 1947 to 14 February 1948. There were 34 episodes broadcast in this series. The producer for the entire series was James Burton. Writers were Gil Doud and Robert Tallman. Sound effects were done by Ray Kemper, Bill James and Tom Hanley. The musical score was by Richard Aurandt.Elliott Lewis starred as Philip Carney, master of the 78-foot ketch Scarlet Queen, with Edwin Max as first mate Red Gallagher. Using the acting skills of William Conrad, Ben Wright and John Dehner, Jeff Chandler, Verna Felton, Bill Johnstone, Jack Kruschen, Cathy Lewis and Roddy McDowell.
The show seems to foreshadow Star Trek in a number of ways. Each episode opens with an entry from the ship's log: "Log entry, the ketch Scarlet Queen, Philip Carney, master. Position -- three degrees, seven minutes north, 104 degrees, two minutes east. Wind, fresh to moderate; sky, fair..." with a similar closing: "Ship secured for the night. Signed, Philip Carney, master." Arriving at an exotic port of call, the captain and first mate would go ashore and immediately run into trouble with local authorities, agents of rival merchants, or desperate women in need of rescue. After some investigation and at least one good fight they would solve the problem, get back on the ship and sail away, Carney and Gallagher sharing a laugh and a drink at the wheel before the captain's closing log entry.
The voyage starts in San Francisco and the Scarlet Queen travels westward in the Pacific. The first episode is from San Francisco to Honolulu. The shows track the voyage from port to port. The action of one episode can carry over into the next episode, but the series should not be considered a serial. Each show is a complete 30-minute adventure.
Technically the show was among the better radio productions of the time, listen closely, employing realistic sound effects and sailing terminology, well paced stories and colorfully detailed settings, that really helps transport the listener to exotic Pacific locations. Each episode was renowned for its sound effects of the swishing sounds of the sea, the lookout's cry from the crow's nest and the creaks and groans of the ship. Most places visited by the Queen are real. Even the map coordinates given by the captain are mostly accurate, following a zigzag course around the South Pacific.
An audition for a revival attempt under a new title, "Log Of The Black Parrot" was made on May 6, 1950, again starring Elliot Lewis and Edwin Max. No series resulted.