JUNE 1692 EARTHQUAKE - T-ISLAND SCREENPLAY

 

 

 

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Port Royal was washed into the Caribbean Sea, the result of an earthquake and tsunami. The carnage included a whole city, with around three thousand casualties, including Henry Morgan's mausoleum, that was not to be seen again for over 300 years.

 

 

 

 

JUDGMENT DAY, JUNE 7TH 1692

 

On the morning of June 7, 1692, the Anglican church rector of St. Paul's, Dr. Emmanuel Heath, clergyman of Port Royal, in Jamaica, was running late for a lunch appointment, but a friend, John White, president of the Council of Jamaica, entreated him to delay just a while longer to discuss God's business and partake of a beverage in good cheer. Sufficiently engaged, the rector delayed a while longer than he considered prudent, a small choice that saved his life. 

 

As his John White rambled on, the ground began to roll and rumble, and he took to fright. But his councillor friend waved off the rector’s alarm.

 

"Nothing to worry thyself over brother, earthquake tremors on the island pass ere quickly."

 

But to their surprise, the quaking gained in intensity, from a rumble to a roar, and a violent shaking - and the two men soon heard the church tower collapse into rubble, with some astonishment.

The rector sprinted outside, looking for confirmation, racing for open ground. When, to add to the mayhem, he saw the land split open, right before his eyes, an act of God, swallowing crowds of people and homes in one gulp and then sealing tightly closed that capsule in time.

 

In accompaniment, the sky darkened to red, mountains could be seen shaking as they crumbled in the distance, and geysers of water exploded from the seams ripped in the earth. The man of God turned to see a great wall of seawater swelling high above the town, shocking his senses. Not the biblical parting of the waves for Moses, more the consumption of the following armies.

 

Meaning that the good Lord must have been displeased, for surely, he acts not against the interests of good honest folk.

 

Later, in a letter describing the disaster, the shocked rector wrote: 

 

“In the space of three minutes ... Port Royal, the fairest town of all the English plantations, the best emporium and mart of this part of the world, exceeding in its riches, plentiful of all good things, was shaken and shattered to pieces.”

A tsunami followed the earthquake, which scientists later came to believe measured seven-point-five (7.5) on the Richter scale. Making it a “major” event in the reckoning. By the time the catastrophe had ended, most of Port Royal, including the Palisadoes cemetery where Henry Morgan was buried some four years since, lay beneath the watery depths. As many as two thousand souls were taken immediately, and three thousand more were claimed soon after.

 

Contrary to contemporary thinking in sixteen ninety-two, the earth does not have a solid shell, but is rather a giant puzzle of constantly shifting tectonic plates. As these plates move gradually, maybe a few centimetres per year, they cause a buckling deformation at the plate boundaries, and pressure build up, which stressed latching leads to faults and sudden movement. A earthquake is this seismic pressure relief of the earth's crust at a fault line, in this event the epicenter was the Caribbean plate.

 

Such subsea vents can trigger significant ocean waves from the forces released. Many being recorded in history, the subject of much study by the likes of John Storm, and Blue Shield's Roberta Treadstone, together with her ally Professor Jacques Daccord, UNESCO, based in Newcastle, England, and Paris, France.

 

Due to its licentious reputation as the wickedest place on earth, Port Royal faced what to many people must have felt like Judgment Day. It certainly seemed that way to the church rector. In putting quill to paper, he confessed that he longed to escape the scene of the disaster but his conscience drove him to stay. He ventured into the town day after day to pray with survivors in a tent pitched amid their flattened houses, which were looted nightly by “lewd rogues.” As he wrote: “I hope by this terrible judgment, God will make them reform their lives, for there was not a more ungodly people on the face of the earth.”

 

The same was recorded at the watery demise of Alexandria and Thonis-Heracleion, in 365 AD. Another sinful location said to have plunged into immorality. Washed clean away by a tsunami into the Mediterranean Sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admiral Sir Henry Morgan retired to Jamaica, where he was a slaver, with his own plantation and many African workers. In those times, for some reason, Europeans seemed to think that enslaving another human was acceptable. They would feed them poorly and work them hard. In modern times, banks and governments working together, do something similar. Banks sell money they don't actually have. And governments tax just about everything. The net result is that a large number of citizens become financial slaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Palisadoes Cemetery was located on a thin strip of sand that served as a natural protection for the harbour of Kingston Jamaica. On Tuesday the 7th of June 1692 a great earthquake caused the strip of land and the cemetery to sink beneath the sea, from a tsunami suction backwash. 



 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

PART I

 

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.

 

PART II

 

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 9. Lord Huntington acquires funding from the British Geographical Society, with Royal Navy interest in the background, for an expedition to recover relics in the Caribbean, a shipwreck rich in archaeologically important artifacts. Though his secret agenda is to piggy back that operation in the search for Blackbeard's mythical hoard and the supposedly cursed Golden Skull. Huntington purchases an old Antarctic survey ship, renaming it 'Hispaniola'.

 

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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PART III

 

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