The Catch

"The Catch.' which tells of a longliners son who joins the Royal Navy and takes on the gruelling divers course. once qualified he is sent out on missions during WW2. When the war is over he goes back to studying what he did in College - Marine archaeology. John James Bridgett (Who is my late Grandfather in real life) plays The man who has a quest to find the 24 lost Spanish Galleons off the coast of Dublin. when in 1588 they were chased by Sir Francis Drake and John Hawkins. Violent storms force the Amada onto the rocks and four of the galleons are carrying Gold and precious Jewels. The hunt is on to recover what is said to be worth 50 million. Chuck Henderson an American Oil prospector cheats an old man out of his farm in Texas, knowing there is oil on the 200 acre farmland. he makes a lot of money and becomes a very powerful figure in Texas. He runs for governor and when he wins he has, the police , judiciary, in his pocket and becomes a law unto himself. He pursues and marries Evel

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“I’m up for that said Patrick Summers who was renown like all Irishmen to enjoy a pint or two of Guinness. Jimmy Bridgett got the round in and the lads all chatted amongst themselves catching up on what they had been doing since being demobbed.

“Where did you get the idea for this project Jimmy asked Paul H Jones?’

“Well my history teacher Mr Montague used to talk about these naval battles and how Francis Drake and his men would fight against the Spanish and the French. Well I got to thinking that all these ships must have been carrying cargo that Queen Elizabeth wanted. She must have been tipped off by her spies that these four vessels were carrying cargo of great value this is why she had so many put to death so she could claim all the treasure for herself; as it turned out all four ships sank and she was livid because all the gold and jewels were lost. All she got was amphora’s full of wine, spices and silks.

“If you can pull this off Jimmy it would be the find of the century.’

“We may come across people who might not like the idea of us cashing in on these wrecks so we will have to be vigilant. If asked we are all just doing research for Durham University? Which is strictly not a lie anyway; because they have asked us to send them our findings?’

“This is why every inch of the site has to be logged.’

“I have an idea which might save us time and some money Jim said Foxy Harris.’

“Good, what is it?

 “You know how they use metal frames to grid mark the site.’

“Yes, go on,’

“Well I have thought of a cheaper measure that is light and portable that one diver can use without any damage to the site at all.’

“That sounds good, what are they made from?’

“White plastic with black stripes; easily seen in the murky water.’

“That ingenious “Foxy when can you get them made?

“I can make them myself all we have to do is get lengths of plastic tubing; I can cut it to size and it can be fitted together to make a square.’

“Plastic floats doesn’t it said Byron Badoe.’

“No, if we drill it first to allow water to get in it will sink to the bottom quite easily.’

“I can make them twenty feet square then we can move them as we go once we have the coordinates.

“Brilliant that will save us from lugging a heavy metal frame across the seabed.

Byron Badoe asked if they had heard of the new type of breathing apparatus being used.’

“No, tell us.’

“The old self contained under water breathing apparatus (SCUBA) is no more. Two Frenchmen called Emile Gagnan an Engineer and a naval lieutenant called Jacques Cousteau have invented what is called an Aqua -Lung  the dual hosed tubing is fitted to two gas canisters that is strapped to your back, this allows you to work freely and film unimpeded. The old scuba only let you breathe under water for thirty minutes with 30 Atmospheres of gas.

The Aqua –lung holds 200 atmospheres Jim, that means we can dive deeper and stay under for up to an hour at a time with some decompression stops.

“That’s bloody marvellous; can you get your hands on them?’

 “Yes; I reckon so.’

“Good we will need enough for ten divers plus spare tanks.

I will sort them out tomorrow but where is the money coming from.’

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