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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They took bedrock and some core samples back to the barge in a holding net so that both Monique and Rob could look at them more closely to detect changes over time. They found what looked like a piece of wood from a ship. They would have to use dentrochronology to date the piece of wood. Using the plastic grids they had made they marked off an area twenty feet square at a time and recorded any rock formations or finds that they came across. They knew that wood deteriorates far quicker than metal so there might not be much of the ship left. The other thing was galvanism whereby if one metal like say zinc or iron were on top of each other then the two metals would in affect eat each other over a long period of time. Then there was what was known as a high energy site where violent storms caused the sea bed to move. This was why the wreck site was so far away from the shore. They kept placing and securing the grids as they went until they had marked out an area one hundred feet square there was a lot of sand and silt down there and it was hard for Selene to get clear film at times  Air bubbles from the breathing apparatus was another factor that made filming difficult. So the divers had to breathe shallow in order to get some good shots. The vegetation like kelp and seaweed littered the seabed and it made searching very difficult. They did however catch some fish and lobsters via the use of a spear gun which they all could eat on board the catamaran.

When the hour was nearly up Jim signalled to the team to surface and immediately the divers obeyed. Slowly they made their way to the surface then climbed onto the barge via a set of iron steps after removing their fins (Flippers). The fins allowed them to swim faster under the water so by moving their feet up and down they replicated a fishes’ tail. The men on board quickly refilled the air tanks and the next set of divers went down. Summers, McWilliams, Badoe, Selene and Jim went down again this time the used a sonar detector which sent out an echo and if it came back they could tell if they had hit a metal structure. Another hundred feet was marked off and grid locked on the seabed. They had been diving for about twenty five minutes when the sonar picked up a large object it looked like a cannon covered in concretion; a rock formation made up of sand over time that builds up on the metal like barnacles on a ship. The divers didn’t disturb anything at this point all they did was logging it down so that every part of the seabed was marked like a map. This was a slow process but it was the only way that the excavation could be done. After nearly six hours of diving they took a break for lunch. Paddy was the designated cook and he made a salad with the lobsters and crabs that Jim and Rob had caught.

“They certainly wouldn’t go short of fish as a source of protein. They sat around the galley of the Sandpiper eating their lunch and discussing the wreck site for two hours. The piece of wood that Jim had found was kept in water to preserve it; later both Rob and Monique would date it. The bedrock samples that the brought back would be tested one of them gave out a metal signal so it was possible that they had uncovered something.

After a lunch break they began again until they had grid marked 600ft of the sea bed.

Tomorrow they would begin sifting through the sand and see what it would reveal.

 Paul H Jones refilled the air tanks and then got the hose and compressor ready.

The lads all were contented with their first dive. Jim, Selene, Rob, and Monique worked into the night. Monique had taken an x-ray of the bedrock that contained a metal fragment of some sort. She used what looked like a dentists drill to slowly break away the rock formation to reveal that it was in fact a pair of scissors made of bronze.

There was no inscription on the scissors but the style of them suggested that they were very old. They were placed into a chemical bath and left over night.

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