National Geographic : 1931 Dec
Photograph by Thomas F.Lee CURACAO WAS THE "TEDDY'S" FIRST LANDFALL AFTER A 48-DAY VOYAGE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC The principal island of the Dutch West Indies is a refining and distributing center for the rich petroleum fields of northern South America. Inthe line of shipping through the Panama Canal, it also offers a convenient replenishing place for empty fuel tanks. During arecent year, 7,235 cargo ships arrived at the island. The water front at Willemstad is reminiscent of old Holland. The Teddy experienced aspell ofbroiling weather atCuracao (see text, page 673).