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SEQUEL: Thonis-Heracleion was Egypt’s greatest port for much of the first millennium B.C. before Alexander the Great established the Alexandrian metropolis in 331 B.C. It is unclear how and exactly why the city sank into the sea (some time in the first millennium), but the discoveries at Egypt’s primary customs port have been revealing, except for the whereabouts of Queen Cleopatra's tomb - still a mystery.
'Treasure Island' is the third John Storm ocean awareness adventure story in the InnerSpace movie (and graphic novel) series.
Treasure Island is also a book by Robert Louis Stevenson, a famous Scottish author, featuring the hunt for buried pirate treasure. This story was made into several feature films, one of Hollywood's favourite subjects until comic book heroes came of age with CGI, as pure escapism. Whereas, pirates were real and so were their treasures. Plundered from other vessels transporting cargo from one country to another. Then buried in a remote location, usually with a map to be able to recover the gold and jewels at a later date.
Typically, the whereabouts of buried treasure dies with the pirate who buried it, except if a map of the location survives. Sometimes there is no map, but stories about the pirate or other hoards of treasure, are passed down - when clever tomb raiders, or archaeologists, can sometimes guess where the treasure is buried. Before banks, and even after banks, wealth has changed hands as gold bars or conflict diamonds. For example, a bank is useless in times of war, where one country if fighting another, or there may be a civil conflict.
In World War Two ships laden with silver and gold ingots routinely sailed to pay for food and munitions. Sometimes they were torpedoed and sank. It is legal to hunt for such treasure ships, then to negotiate terms for recovery.
We no longer use gold or precious gem stones to trade. This was replaced with paper money, that later became digital currency, based on promises and good faith.
Unfortunately, there is no good faith and the promises made by governments are false. Because they cannot pay the bearer on demand. And as soon as there is a crisis, all banks close their doors to prevent investors from making withdrawals.
Investments were much safer when we had the Gold Standard. The pirates were right to bury their treasure. Safer than banks by far.
PLOT: While investigating the sunken remains of Port Royal, John Storm discovers a map buried with the remains of Captain Henry Morgan, the pirate turned privateer, former Governor of Jamaica.
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. 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.
The Caribbean Sea is awash with sunken treasures.
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