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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Jim and his men found weapons and then made there way to the Sandpiper where they quickly overpowered Henderson’s men. They all tied up as Jim radioed the police to come and arrest them.

The plane that Henderson was going to use to transport the gold and jewels aborted its mission as soon as the pilot saw the police patrol boat heading towards the barge.


Selene held onto James as the police took the men away; later they recovered Chuck Henderson’s body. They also arrested Gerry Dodd as he tried to flee to the airport after the pilot of Henderson’s plane had contacted him to tell him that the place was swarming with police. They now had enough evidence to lock up Dodd and his conspirators up for a very long time. Anthony Cordele produced some photographic evidence at the hearing and new evidence to prove Bobby Hathaway was the innocent victim of a set up by Chuck Henderson was produced in court. Gerry Dodd was given fifty years in prison for raping and sodomising minors over a period of ten years. He had no hope of appeal when others came forward to tell the courts of what he and the fat man had done to them.

“Two weeks later Bobby Hathaway walked free from court, his conviction struck from the records. He returned to the Texas Bulls later that season scoring three touch downs in his first game. Evelyn was in the stand to see the game.

Macy and George continued to work for Evelyn who gave them both a huge raise now that she was the main beneficiary to her husbands will. Worth in excess of eighty million dollars with the properties she now owned; Evelyn Henderson changed her name back to her maiden name Stewart after all the legal matters were dealt with. She built Macy and George a house each as a way of an apology for her cruel husband. In 1951 Bobby Hathaway married Evelyn Stewart. She had the house Chuck Henderson built pulled down and sold the farmland. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Arlington. Evelyn never goes there and never talks about her late husband.

Bobby had a new house built in Dallas they have two children Bobby Ray, and Emmie Lou.


The Gold and jewels that came from the wreck of the Spanish Galleas Girona fetched a total of 246 million pounds the money was shared between the divers, Selene, Monique, her father Clement. Jim donated one million pounds to the IUS and Durham University. The hoard was put on display in the National Museum in London.

John James Bridgett was knighted in 1952 for his services to underwater exploration.

He later married Selene Moreau and they had three children. His son William is a leading figure in marine conservation and his two daughters Martha and Selena are both researchers of natural history.

Both of parents died in 1976 and Selene in 2003.

As he looks out across the beach in Cullercoats today he remembers what an exciting life that he had growing up here as a boy where he rolled up his trousers and went plodging in the water with his two friends Keith Heads and Brian Tyson. Many a summer’s afternoon was spent picking Willicks (Whelks) and mussels along at St Marys Light House; where they would be boiled h and his mother would add salt and they would sit where he is now with a pin and a rolled up cone of newspaper eating them. He saw the next generation of children playing in the water at the sea’s edge and he smiled knowing that his life had been fulfilled.


                                                                                       The End


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