Fair Wind to Java

Synopsis: The Dutch East Indies, at the end of the nineteenth century. An adventurous captain of an American merchant vessel is looking for a sunken Dutch vessel containing 10,000 precious diamonds. Unfortunately, he's not the only one and then there's also that volcano on the nearby island of Krakatau, waiting to explode in its historical, disastrous eruption...
Director(s): Joseph Kane
Production: Republic
92 min

'This is a story of the East Indies

in 1883.

'When, in the calm

and beautiful Java seas,

'there occurred the most

terrifying spectacle

'nature has ever presented

to the sight of man.

'The islands were accustomed

to volcanoes,

'but not to anything like Krakatoa.

'That island - 3,000 feet high -

blew in half,

'exploding with a report heard

5,000 miles away.

'And set up a tidal wave which drowned

50,000 people on nearby islands.

'About three weeks

before that terrible event,

'an American ship

was sailing the Java seas.

'She was the Gerrymander, commanded

by a Captain Boll of Boston. '

Mr Flint!

Break out the royals. In this wind,

sir? Break out the royals!

I'm responsible to Culver & Adams

for the safety of their ship.

If the masts carry away,

that pirate will have us.

If we don't set the royals,

he'll have us anyway.

You're first mate on this ship.

Now, pass the word. Aye, sir.

Break out the main royal!

The main royal!

The old man's really piling it on.

I hope she holds together. It's

better than being caught by pirates.

The schooner's getting mighty close.

O'Brien, when you've done that,

come aft.

We'll set up our signal guns

with cannon balls. Aye, sir.

Get the signal cannon on deck.

Aye, sir.

We'll give Mr Pulo Besar

a taste of his own medicine.

That fire-water spoils your aim,

Mr Wilson.

Elevate the muzzle.

More! More! Secure it.

Steady as she goes, Mr Reader.

That'll slow him up.

Set a course sou' by sou'west

for Surabaya. Sou' by sou'west!

A great man!

A great man has to have a heart.

He's got a big heart!

He'd never give up.

Not when there's money involved!

Or his ship, Mr Wilson.

You wouldn't strike the bosun. It's

mutiny. Against the laws of the sea.

Well, Mr Flint? Just this, Captain.

Why was Pulo Besar on our trail?

For the usual reason, I imagine.

A pirate wanting to gather

some loot Is that all?

Yes, that was all.

If you weren't an agent for

Culver & Adams, I'd throw you off!

Since I am an agent for Culver & Adams,

you'll tolerate me. You can leave now.

Remember that unless you show a

profit from this ship in six weeks,

you'll be without a ship.

And you'll be Captain?

I wouldn't object if I were.

It'd almost be worth it

to see you struggling.

You're too new to know it, but the Dutch East

Indies is not encouraging to non-Dutch traders.

An American has to be a genius to show a

profit. Nevertheless, Culver & Adams expect one.

Your boat's ready, sir.

Where's he going

this time of night?

It has to do with a letter

he got from Macassa.


You got my message? Yeah.

I must speak quickly.

Tuan, this is part of the

Peterson treasure. Here, take it.

It is one of the 10,000 diamonds.

You can see from the size.

Tuan, since you saved my life

from sharks three years ago...

Get on with it, Gusty.

What about the diamonds?

Yes, Tuan.

You give me present - my life.

Now I give you present.

The ring will help you find

hidden diamonds.

They follow me, Tuan... Sshh.

Who follows you?

Men from Ebenezer the Saint.


Go to harbour. Find Chinese unk.

Chinese captain, Ha-Patu.

Double-sized man.

Buy secret cargo.

He will sell for big price.

Secret cargo give clue you seek.

I must go now.


It is death to be seen with me.

So the traitor waits for his death

in fear and trembling.

Very appropriate for a traitor.

He's making too much use of his

breath. Squeeze the rest out of him.


You killed him.

I wouldn't use that, Captain Boll.

I have a little influence

with the Dutch. It would be murder.

It'd be your word against mine,

and I'm a respected trader here.

You'd never trade again in the Dutch

East Indies, and you might hang.

You seem to be forgetting, Captain,

you are a foreigner here.

The dead man is only a native.

Yeah. He's only a native.

Now, I'd like to give you

some advice.

I don't know how much

he had told you,

but you'd be wise to forget

the Peterson diamonds.

And I warn you, that

if you cross my trail again,

you'll end up as your friend did.

I'll cross your trail again,

Ebenezer, then you'll pay for this.

Ha-Patu? Me Ha-Patu.

I've come to trade.

Late night for trading.

I understand

you have a secret cargo.

Secret? Nothing secret. Who are you?

I'm Cpt Boll of the Gerrymander.

I know a man named Gusty.

That's the secret cargo? Yes.

There's a law here against slavery.

Who shall know about girl?

What would I do with a...?

How much?

Very high value. Dancer.

Sultan's palace.

100 guilders.

Crazy man! Absolute no less 700!

I cut my neck and Kim Kim too first!

Before I sell Kim Kim 400,

I cut neck. I finish. I finish!

Go ahead. Cut her throat.

450. No more.

Crazy man. Stealing. Robbery.

All right.

I get chest to carry Kim Kim.

Man to help. Chang!

Take to Dutch gunboat.

Give to sentry. Say nothing.

Jess, give us a hand here.

Careful with it, lads.

It's a souvenir from Surabaya.

Pretty heavy, ain't it?

Yeah. Probably a dancing girl

for the captain!

Put it over there in the corner.

That's all, boys.

Come on.


Put them on.

Mala hangan dulan hangan?

Hm... Dulan hangan?

What does it mean?

It's not Malay, is it?

So you spoke English all the time.

Yes. My father was white.

A slave-girl speaking English!

I am not a slave girl!

I was a dancer.

You buy me because you like me?

Sure. Sure I like you.

That bracelet...

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Richard Tregaskis

Richard William Tregaskis (November 28, 1916 – August 15, 1973) was an American journalist and author whose best-known work is Guadalcanal Diary (1943), an account of just the first several weeks (in August - September 1942) of the U.S. Marine Corps invasion of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands during World War II. This was actually a six-month-long campaign. Tregaskis served as a war correspondent during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. more…

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