Below, on the lower deck. We’re watching ERICH – a young Hollern lad, slight and quick, wearing spectacles – racing his way to amidships. He’s passing the CANNON CREWS at their guns, preparing their stations.
1. WEST/off: ERICH!! MAN THE KEEL GUN!
Angle past DOCTOR BAKER, in his makeshift surgery, tying an apron about himself. We can see the RED COLLAR marking him as a surgeon. The APRON has old blood-stains on it. A TABLE has been set up for surgery, and the SURGEON’S MATE (as yet unnamed, can be male, female, any ethnicity you like) is helping prep.
2. WEST/off: CANNON READY!
Angle, at the BOILERS.
BULL – who absolutely looks like his name implies – is stoking the boilers with two MATES.
ERICH is positively leaping down a narrow and acute flight of steps, passing them, on his way to the KEEL GUN.
3. WEST/off: WHERE’S OUR PRESSURE, MISTER BULL?
4. BULL: YER WELCOME TO COME STOKE ‘EM YERSELF, MISTER THANE!
On ERICH, as he drops into what would be, on a bigger, water-bound vessel, the ORLOP.
TORQUE is here, standing beside the KEEL GUN POD. This is as we discussed, Rick, a squat cylinder ringed with a rubber seal at top and bottom. TORQUE is motionless, attached to a couple of HOSES that are running to the boilers on the deck above.
TORQUE in the FG, coming to life, as past him, ERICH yanks the levers on two valves, opening them with a hiss of steam.
1. SFX: hssSSSSS
2. SFX/Torque: whhhHRRRRRR
ERICH passing TORQUE as he ducks into the squat pod.
3. ERICH: Lower me, Torque!
TORQUE’S “HANDS” on the CRANK, as he begins to lower the pod.
4. TORQUE: CHK KLIK whhr klk CHAK