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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found by a British led team. Selene would later submit her film proving that John James Bridgett’ had discovered the hoard.


The salvage for artefacts could begin next spring he added in his letter. He gave credit to the IUS and Durham University and to Monique’s father Clement for their funding. There was still enough money to complete the salvage operation Jim told them.

He named all of his men who were part of the mission as well as special thanks to Selene and Monique for their contribution. One that was done they headed back to the boat.


The boat slipped silently away from the Swordfish with Henderson and his men armed to the teeth. They rowed the last five hundred yards. Bentley Gibson the Navy Seal overpowered Jake Matthews, who was having a pee over the side of the boat. The rest of his men climbed on board followed by the fat man. By the time the rest of the men knew what had happened to Matthews it was too late.

“Howdy folks, said Chuck Henderson as he trained his colt on Foxy Harris. “ We’ve come just in time.’

“I just want to thank y’all for helpin’ me get my gold that I have been a lookin’ for. It’s been a while since I was here last.’

“You won’t get away with this you fat lump of shit spat Foxy.’

“Oh now that’s not very hospitable of you is it.’

Henderson walked up to where Foxy was standing with all the others then his arm shot out with the gun it and caught him on the side of the head as he pistol whipped the diver. Foxy fell in a heap on the deck of the boat. There was blood coming from a gash on his head high up on his hairline. Monique went to him and gave him a handkerchief to stop the bleeding. Henderson’s men searched the Sandpiper and found what they were looking for.’

“Now all we have to do is wait until my plane comes until then; you can all lend a hand to get my gold on board the barge. Henderson’s men had M3 submachine guns trained on all the men Rob Mason and his men were just waiting for a chance so they could relieve one of the men of their weapons. There wasn’t much room to manoeuvre in the cabin and with five men who were all armed; it would be too difficult to attempt anything until they were out in the open when there was less of a chance that someone would end up getting shot.

“I see y all been a celebrating here; well you won’t mind if I help myself to a drink will you.’ The fat man poured himself a large measure of Jack Daniel’s. He took a sip but kept his gun on Paddy Summers.’

“Okay then, if you gentlemen would just like to bring out all that gold we can get it loaded onto the plane.’

The coins had been packed in wooden crates they weighed about five stones each they were wrapped so that they wouldn’t scratch during transit. It had been a slow and laborious job wrapping each individual coin but it had been done.

Jim’s men brought out 28 boxes of coins. They had the Jewels stored on the barge;

They had escaped the attention of the fat man for the time being.

There was over a ton of gold on the deck of the barge when suddenly he turned to Foxy and asked him where all the jewels were hidden.’

“What jewels I don’t know what you are talking about Foxy lied?’

“Do you think me a fool; I know what those four galleons were carrying; I have done my research over twenty years so don’t fool around unless you really want to get hurt.’ He then shot Foxy in the leg. “Now don’t fuck with me boy, where are they?’

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