UNESCO & THE BLUE SHIELD - T-ISLAND SCREENPLAY
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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?"
"Not sure on that one," said Jacques Daccord. "He's just had a rough deal courtesy of the CIA, Jack Mason, with that Cleopatra thing. What happened there?"
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?"
"Sacre bleu, what's so special about his ship, Elizabeth Swann, again?" Of course the Professor knew, he just wanted to hear Roberta drive herself crazy with envy.
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.
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.
JILL BIRD - London. John
Storm's finds lost Henry Morgan's pirate remains. "And for those of you wondering,
there was no treasure."
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.
21. BERMUDA TRIANGLE - Pirates
Bermuda Triangle, Colombian Navy in pursuit:
BBC Sky News. Never to be seen again.
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