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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High School. By 1934 he was now fourteen and eligible to leave; his father asked him if that was what he really wanted.’

“No father, he exclaimed; I would like to go to college and learn about marine archaeology.’

“So you’re not interested in becoming a fisherman then.’

His father understood because his brothers became merchant seaman and travelled around the world. Maybe this was what Jimmy wanted to do.

“So tell me son what does a marine archaeologist do exactly.’

Well they locate sunken ships; you know like wrecks that have been lost for over a long period of time. They also help to find lost treasures thought lost forever. There are examples of what has been discovered in a museum in London and we are paying a visit dad; can I go?

“How much would it cost us?’

“Well it is going to cost ten pounds but I have three pounds from my milk round money so that would be only seven pounds dad.’

“I will have a word with your mother and see what she says alright. How would you get there anyway?’

“We would go down by bus dad.’

“So you fancy yourself as a bit of an adventurer then?’

“Yes, I’ve been reading these books at school and they are fascinating; they tell you all about the ships that sunk during the reign of Elizabeth 1 during the wars with the Spanish Armada. Do you know that there were hundreds of boxes of jewels and gold doubloons that went down off the coast of the English Channel and have never been recovered?

“So its treasure hunting that has got your interest has it?’

“Yes, is that so wrong?’

“Answer me this son; if there is all of this gold and jewellery out there wouldn’t you think that some one would have found it by now?’

“Not necessarily dad; tides shift it could have moved ten even fifty miles away from where it first went down.’

“So you are going to spend the rest of your life trying to locate it like countless others.

“Technology is changing, they have sonar equipment now; I want to do this more than anything in the world dad.’

“Alright if you want to go to college and study this marine archaeology then you can go; but you will help out on my boat when you are on a break understood.’

“Yes, agreed.’

“Thanks dad.’

Jimmy went to his room put on his pyjamas and closed the door he lay down on his bed.’

“He took out the book he had borrowed from the local library. “The Sea is a Treasure’ by Malcolm Hennessey. Jimmy opened the book where he had left off.

Chapter nine: (research agenda for England). Jimmy read three chapters before closing the book and going to sleep.



By the time Jimmy was eighteen the Second World War was in progress. He had spent four years at college studying marine archaeology. He was even more determined that this was the career path that he wanted to take. He joined the Royal Navy and was sent to Portsmouth where he had to undergo a 46 week intensive course if he was to qualify as a navy mine clearance diver. He and eleven others joined 

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