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Grapevine : July 2011
whiskey just sitting there looking oh so pretty ... well, you can guess what happened next. I was playing Scrabble with the captain that night when he asked me if I would fetch him some of his favorite brand, which he knew we were carrying. He was drinking something, as usual, as he drank like fish. He said I should stow a lot of the flat bottles in the standby fire pump, which was closer to his sta- tion, because the flat bottles took up less space than the round ones. As I recall, I was able to stow more than four cases in that pump's cylinder. The day before we were to dock in Brooklyn, the radio operator re- ceived a warning: Customs officials were planning to come aboard to check on the whiskey cargo. Soon, a long trail of white, empty cases were floating and bob- bing behind the wake of our ship, growing longer as the crew threw them overboard. Many empty aagrapevine.org 39