UNESCO & THE BLUE SHIELD - T-ISLAND SCREENPLAY
UNESCO and Blue Shield work together to protect heritage sites from looters, under the tenets of the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict 1954.
Head office; The Blue Shield, Newcastle University, England, Dr Roberta Treadstone, antiquities expert, is on a video link with UNESCO's Professor Jacques Pierre Daccord, of the Oceanographic Commission, Marine Sunken remains division, 7 Place de Fontenoym Paris, France.
"Yes, can we persuade John Storm to help us out again?"
The Blue Shield operative responded. "Not entirely sure. I heard some kind of Mexican standoff. But we need his ship on this one. He's familiar with the Caribbean, Jamaica, and what with the military tensions between Brazil and Cuba .... frankly, who else is there?"
Roberta duly obliged, "Oh, Professor, it's hydrogen powered. Can you imagine that. Oh, and solar. And then there's the most advanced underwater array of instruments, to make your mouth water. And then ... then, Hal, the onboard AI. And then ..."
"No, Jacques, don't forget the Swann can become invisible to radar."
"For sure zat ees toffee, mademoiselle! Challenged the professor"
"Oui, said Roberta," sarcastically effecting a French accent.
"Can you lean on him via his friend Charley?"
"No other way, as I see it. He's a sucker for Charley. But actually, she just needs to appeal to his love of archaeology."
"We are particularly keen to secure the Palisadoes Cemetery, and Governor Morgan's internment."
"Really? I'd have thought that not so important."
"It's Interpol again. ....." But won't say why ...
John Storm is persuaded by Charley Temple and Doctor Roberta Treadstone to proceed to Jamaica urgently, requested by UNESCO, to catalogue the archaeological remains of the underwater city, Port Royal, using the Elizabeth Swann's ultra modern array of subsea survey sensors, worried that another quake threatens to wipe out all records. They plan to make the submerged city a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dr. Treadstone is aware of his expertise as a diver and archaeological knowledge, but cannot figure out how he manages to come out of some of his escapades unharmed. Which is why Blue Shield call on the ocean adventurer from time to time -
Damn you for Villains, who are you? And, from whence came you? The Lieutenant made him Answer, You may see by our Colours we are no Pyrates. Black-beard bid him send his Boat on Board, that he might see who he was; but Mr. Maynard reply'd thus; I cannot spare my Boat, but I will come aboard of you as soon as I can, with my Sloop. Upon this, Black-beard took a Glass of Liquor and drank to him with these Words: Damnation seize my Soul if I give you Quarters, or take any from you. In Answer to which, Mr. Maynard told him, that he expected no Quarters from him, nor should he give him any.
SCENE 1. THE BATTLE OF OCRACOKE - North Carolina Historic flashback - 1718, 22nd November, a British naval taskforce led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard lay in wait for Edward Teach (Blackbeard), beheading the troublesome pirate after a long and bloody swordfight, including severval gunshots wounds by way of a torturous interrogation. As Blackbeard expires on the deck of the Adventure, he curses the English sailors and their kin, taking the secret of his treasure with him to the Devil.
SCENE 2. EARTHQUAKE JAMAICA - Present Day - An earthquake hits Port Royal, disturbing the sunken city. Underwater scenes of chaotic movement ripples, what is left of buildings rocking. A Palisadoes cemetery opening an entrance to Henry Morgan's mausoleum.
SCENE 3. BLUE SHIELD ENGLAND - England - Blue Shield, Newcastle University. John Storm is called to Jamaica urgently, requested by UNESCO, to catalogue the archaeological remains of the underwater city, using the Elizabeth Swann's ultra modern array of subsea survey sensors, worried that another quake threatens to wipe out all records. They plan to make the submerged city a UNEP World Heritage Site.
SCENE 4. HENRY MORGAN'S DEATH - Historic flashback - Henry Morgan musing taking of a prize ship as a pirate off coast of Venezuela and Panama, while he is working his sugar cane plantation in drunken condition, he has a heart attack. Cut to his funeral ceremony at Palisadoes cemetery, old Port Royal.
SCENE 5. SUNKEN CITY SURVEY - Caribbean Sea Present Day - The Swann's sensors scan the ocean bed, revealing what turns out to be the mausoleum and tomb containing remains of the former Governor of Jamaica. It is under threat of imminent and dangerous collapse.
SCENE 6. JUNE 1692 TSUNAMI - Jamaica Historic flashback - June 7th, an earthquake hits Port Royal, then a tsunami washes the pirate haven under the sea, covering Henry Morgan's mausoleum. Washing clean the sins of the wicked city.
SCENE 7. HENRY MORGAN'S COFFIN - Jamaica Present Day - John Storm investigates target underwater areas using an ROV, then dives the site, coming face to face with Sir Henry's macabre skeletal remains. Then discovering secret compartment in his coffin, and interesting wooden engraving.
SCENE 8. BBC Jill Bird - London. "The intrepid conservationist, Mr John Storm .." News of the archaeological find and condition of lost Henry Morgan, pirate's remains - saved. "And for those of you wondering, there was no treasure."
SCENE 10. William Gray helps John Long and his band of cut-throats to crew for Huntington, one the basis of purloined data from a UNESCO report on the wooden engraving. John Long poses as a cartographer, but proves to be a dab hand on the galley. He is elected ship's cook.
SCENE 11. Huntington contacts John Storm, asking for help with the supposed shipwreck survey - meet in the Caribbean. Asking for ES assstance as portable lab, appealing to Storm's general interest in such matters. At this stage John has no idea about the parchment Huntington has been keeping a secret, thinking he is cosher, as a BGS bigwig.
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