3Sam turns toward a ladder leading to the main deck.NOLANDAye.EXT.
MAIN DECK - DAYThe crew prepares for the coming storm. PALSGRAVE WILLIAMS,captain of the
, stands amidships, shouting orders.PALSGRAVEDouble reef the mainsail! We’reputting before the wind! There’sa storm comin, lads! Make haste!EXT. ATLANTIC OCEAN - DAYDark, heavy overcast, the storm tosses the
on the waves. Lightning and thunder flash andrumble.Wind whistles through the rigging; the small sails stillset flap on the wind. Rain pours down on the decks, thewaves pounding the ships.EXT.
MAIN AND QUARTER DECKS - DAYA work crew on the main deck tugs on a line to furthershorten sail. Richard Noland hurries past them on his wayto the quarter deck.NOLANDTighter on the line, lads! Or thewind’ll take her!He hurries on, crossing the main deck and up the ladder tothe quarter deck. He finds Sam standing next to JOHNFLETCHER who’s manning the ship’s wheel.NOLANDWe’re takin on water, captain! Onthe lee!