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Skeleton Island, curse of the Golden Skull



SKELETON ISLAND - Was a pirate secret location, known only to a small number of captains by that name. But as piracy became unfashionable with mass hangings, the numbers of those in the know, dwindled. Until, all that remained was a location carved in wood. Generally hidden somewhere safe by the pirate concerned. This location was useless without a chart giving the exact position that each pirate buried their stash. The maps made on parchment, were handed down to the next generations, by way of inheritance free of taxes.






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Desperation was setting in, their little boat was not that fast, William Gray, Billy Bones and Black Jack could see what was actually a Colombian Navy warship on their radar. It had appeared as a shadowed when they passed between Monte Christo and Cap du Mole, into the Atlantic.


"Can't we get this bucket to go any faster," yelled Gray to Billy and Jack. "There is a sizeable patrol ship scoping us for sure."


Billy and Jack rushed to the radar, pushing each other to get a better view. Sure enough, there was a good sized blip, and it was gaining on them.


"This bucket will have been reported stolen by now," added the former US Navy officer.


"And that makes us pirates, don't it like," said Black Jack with a toothy grin.


The weather-fax beeped as a transmission advised there was a hurricane force tropical revolving storm brewing in the Bermuda Triangle. Ships in that vicinity were advised to give the area a wide berth. The mutineers decided this was their best course to evade capture, risky though many a sailor might think.


"Alter course north-east gentlemen."


"Straight into the eye of the storm," questioned Billy, one eye opened larger than the other.


"That be our best chance lads." Jack did not add to the discourse. William was nearly always right tactically, and right he was. As they passed the Turks and Caicos Islands, the blip no longer closed in on them, visibly trailing. They kept on course.


The Colombian warship was patrolling the Caribbean on an anti-drug smuggling mission, as part of a combined effort with the US Navy's war on drugs.


"They've got bigger fish to fry." Billy Bones was referring to the illegal drug trade.


"Too right. According to latest studies the global drug trafficking market is worth $4.7 trillion per year - conservative estimates, that could be double. Since organized smugglers aren’t kind enough to show their books to the IRS."


"Are we not then in the wrong game Mr Gray", asked Jack Boon.


"We don't have the right connections. Without protection, we'd be sacrificial lambs."


Billy injected, "the GDP of France is almost $3 trillion, with Spain's around $1.43 trillion. Bootleg drug growers and importers earn more than the French and Spanish countries combined. If you think about it, that cannot happen without support in the military and police. We're small potatoes. And cannabis is worth twice the cocaine market, now almost bordering on legal, but bulkier to transport."


"You seem to have a handle on this Billy. How so?" asked William Gray.


"I was in the SBS. We turned many a blind eye, is all I can say. Jack here, Longstride and me, looked into it. We thought about using a submarine we've a share in. Then realised drug trafficking today is like the slave trade of old. Controlled by the Toffs - and the Toffs controls the cops."


Gray concluded, "ain't that the truth, law and order is an illusion, plain as the nose on your face."


The trio continued on their course, their small boat tracked into the storm that was brewing. Though hardened sailors, the strain was telling on their faces. They battened down the hatches and stowed all movable objects, as the wind gathered speed. The waves were lashing at their vessel, bouncing it around like a cork in a bathtub, engulfing them from time to time. Then, they disappeared from the radar screens of all those following their course, including the NOAA satellites.


The disappearance was reported to the media, in the hope they, or watching viewers, might hear of any stray vessel or survivors washing up. Search and rescue helicopters were deployed in the immediate wake of the cyclone.


The BBC world service and Sky news carried the same story.


"This is Jill Bird reporting for the BBC world service. We've received reports of 'Hurricane Harriet' in the Devil's Triangle region with landfall affecting the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, a small archipelago comprising about 138 islands and islets, occupying 21 square miles in the North Atlantic Ocean, roughly 650 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.


Many viewers will know that the area has a long history of encounters with Atlantic tropical cyclones, many of which inflicted significant damage and influenced the territory's development. 

According to the Bermuda Weather Service, the islands experience a damaging tropical cyclone once every six to seven years, on average, with 'Harriet' reaching wind speeds exceeding 105 miles per hour.

Hurricane Paulette in September 2022 was a strong and long-lived Category 2 Atlantic hurricane which became the first to make landfall in Bermuda after Hurricane Gonzalo did so in 2014 with 110 mile per hour winds. Hurricane Fabian in 2004 was the last reported event with four confirmed deaths. We are being told that a small boat known to have three people on board, disappeared without trace in the 'Harriet' storm. If you have any information that may be helpful to the authorities, please contact Miami or Florida coastguard services, or let the BBC have your information."


In the weeks following, nobody contacted the authorities, the BBC or Sky. The small boat and three crew members, were never seen or heard from again. Presumed lost at sea with all hands. Just another statistic. But, were they?



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HURRICANE IOTA NOVEMBER 2020 - Providencia (boat dock) and Santa Catalina were ravaged by extreme weather when heading into 2021.

The small Colombian island of Providencia was hit hard by the powerful Category-5 hurricane Iota, which caused severe damage to the majority of local’s homes and the already scant public infrastructure.

At that time, Colombia’s President, Ivan Duque, said it is the first Category 5 – the most serious of hurricanes – to hit the Andean nation in its history.

Providencia island had a population of 5,000 people and is part of the Archipelago of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina located in the Caribbean Sea about 775km (481 miles) northwest of mainland Colombia. Geographically, it is closer to the central American country of Nicaragua.


The hurricane was first considered a Category 2 but just before passing Providencia it developed into a Category-5 tropical cyclone which NASA said can have wind speeds of up to 253km/h (157mph) and has the ability to cause catastrophic damage.

Neighbouring larger island San Andres also faced damage to its infrastructure, albeit less intense. Northern Colombian coastal cities, like Cartagena, have flooded and are battling high winds.

According to the United States Office of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2020 has had the highest hurricane activity in the Atlantic since official records began in 1851.





PROLOGUE: ROYAL AFRICAN COMPANY - King Charles II, Royal Charter James Stuart II, transport goods from Africa: Bloody Triangle.

SCENE 1. THE BATTLE OF OCRACOKE - Lt Robert Maynard, Blackbeard's curse, beheading & torturous interrogation on the Adventure 

SCENE 2. EARTHQUAKE JAMAICA - Present Day - An earthquake hits Port Royal, disturbing the sunken city & Palisadoes cemetery.

SCENE 3. BLUE SHIELD ENGLAND - Blue Shield, Newcastle UK, UNESCO requests Storm catalogue underwater city UNEP World Heritage Site.

SCENE 4. HENRY MORGAN'S DEATH - Henry Morgan has a heart attack; funeral ceremony at Palisadoes cemetery, old Port Royal.

SCENE 5. SUNKEN CITY SURVEY - Present Day, Swann's sensors scan the ocean bed, revealing mausoleum former Governor of Jamaica.

SCENE 6. JUNE 1692 TSUNAMI - Jamaica, June 7th, an earthquake hits Port Royal, then a tsunami washes the pirate haven under the sea.

SCENE 7. HENRY MORGAN'S COFFIN - John Storm & ROV, comes face to face with Henry's skeletal remains. Finds interesting wooden engraving.

SCENE 8. BBC JILL BIRD - London. John Storm's finds lost Henry Morgan's pirate remains. "And for those of you wondering, there was no treasure."
SCENE 9. OPERATION HISPANIOLA - British Geographical Society, & Royal Navy fund Lord Huntington's expedition to recover relics in the Caribbean.

SCENE 10. SHIP'S COOK - William Gray helps John Long's cut-throats to crew for Huntington's Hispaniola, Long a dab hand on the galley.

SCENE 11. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOS - Huntington (BGS bigwig) asks John Storm for help with shipwreck survey - meet in the Caribbean, Haiti.

SCENE 12. SKELETON ISLAND - Intrigued by map proffered by Lord Huntington, John agrees to switch attention to location, to coast of Panama. .

SCENE 13. SANTA CATALINA - Colombian, Mexican, Panamanian, Nicaraguan patrols re: 'Satisfaction' & hunt for Aztec gold, Spanish Conquistadors.

SCENE 14. TREASURE ISLAND - Hurricane Iota erased map clues, Isla Providencia. Longstride believes location of Blackbeard's/Morgan's treasure.

SCENE 15. KIDNAP - Black Jack & Billy Bones kidnap Dan, Cleopatra - lock in Hispaniola with Tremaine. Hal alerts John to events via BioCore.

SCENE 16. DOUBLE CROSS - Maynard pact with Spanish Navy to blockade Caribbean to capture John & Swann. Longstride deal Aztec Golden Skull.

SCENE 17. BLACKBEARD'S CURSE - John retakes Swann, Hal immobilizes Black Jack and Billy Bones and rescues prisoners on Hispaniola.

SCENE 18. MORGAN'S TREASURE SHIP - John deciphers carving code helped Dan and Cybercore Genetica. Dives to find privateer's shipwreck.

SCENE 19. BILLION DOLLAR DEAL - John negotiates with Panama, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador & Blue Shield for % salvage based on wreck video.

SCENE 20. BLOCKADE RUNNER - Swann navigates through Spanish Armada & Royal Navy blockade in stealth mode, invisible to radar.

SCENE 21. BERMUDA TRIANGLE - Pirates head into Bermuda Triangle, Colombian Navy in pursuit: BBC Sky News. Never to be seen again.




John Storm and Elizabeth Swann get to Treasure (Skeleton) Island






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