not refined or processed
Then they blew up six of our small lake tankers, the tubby ones that still bring
crude oil from Lake Maracaibo to the refinery, Curagaosche Petroleum Maatschappij, to be made into gasoline, kerosene, and diesel oil.
a large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts
Or sometimes we’d pretend we were the Dutch going out on raids against Spanish
sailing vessel used in former times
Of course, they were only the tattered-sailed native
schooners from Venezuela, Aruba, or Bonaire coming in with bananas, oranges, papayas, melons, and vegetables.
request earnestly; ask for aid or protection
The radio was on, and a voice said that fifty-six men had died on the lake tankers that were blown up and that the governor of the Netherlands’ West Indies had
appealed to Washington for help.
the art of operating aircraft
Late in the afternoon, my father, whose name was also Phillip—Phillip Enright—returned home from the refinery where he was working on the program to increase production of
on the side away from the wind
I loved the old fort, and the schooners, the Ruyterkade market with the noisy chickens and squealing pigs, the black people shouting; I loved the koenoekoe with its giant cactus; the divi-divi trees, their odd branches all on the
leeward side of the trunk; the beautiful sandy beach at Westpunt.
show unwillingness towards
The next morning my father said that the Chinese crews on the lake tankers that shuttled crude oil across the sand bars at Maracaibo had
refused to sail without naval escorts.
be determined by something else
The people had been very proud that the little islands of Aruba and Curasao were now among the most important islands in the world; that victory or defeat
depended on them.
open rebellion against constituted authority
They were angry with the Chinese crews, and on the third day, my father said that
mutiny charges had been placed against them.
any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship
The big tankers from the United States or England always carried fresh water to us in
ballast, and then it was distilled again so that we could drink it.
near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
She had machine guns fore and
aft, one of the few armed ships in the harbor.
become invisible or unnoticeable
The Empire Tern had
vanished in a wall of red flames, and black smoke was beginning to boil into the sky.
squeeze together tightly
Father was smiling and very gay but when the Hato’s whistle blasted out three times, meaning it was time to go, he said good-by to us between
leave behind empty; move out of
She helped me put on my life jacket, then put hers on, saying, “Now, remember everything that we were told about
the ship's officer who is in charge of dining arrangements
We were thrown against the cabin door, which the
steward had warned us not to lock because it might become jammed.
cause to start burning
Tins of lubricating oil in the afterholds had
ignited and were exploding, but the ones forward had not been exposed to the fire.
a raised mark on the skin
He had a big
welt, like a scar, on his left cheek.
angular distance between the equator and a parallel line
As to our veree location, I mus’ guess we are somewhar roun d’cays, somewhar mebbe fifteen
latitude an’ eighty long.
abandon hope; lose heart
He said, “Do not be
despair, young bahss. Someone will fin’ us.
make calm or still
After a bit,
lulled by the bobbing of the raft and by the soft, pleasant sounds of the sea against the oil barrel floats, I went to sleep again.
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
He said, “I knew a Phillip who feesh out of St. Jawn, but an
outrageous mahn he was.”
My lips were
parched and my throat was dry.
in a rebellious manner
defiantly, “A schooner will find us. And my father has ships out looking for us.”
unpleasantly cool and humid
They were stiff from salt and felt
the process of remembering
“I 'ave no
recollection o’ anythin' cept dese islan’s. Tis pure outrageous, but I do not remember anythin’ 'bout a place called Afreca.”
search blindly or uncertainly
groped through the darkness for mine.
incapable of being put up with
The pain in my head was almost
unbearable now, and I remember moaning.
make a monotonous low dull sound
drone of the aircraft seemed closer now.
put out, as of a candle or a light
After a moment of silence, I heard the sizzle of the water as Timothy
doused the torch.
take away the enthusiasm of
“Do not be
dishearten, young bahss. Today, we will be foun, to be true.”