“We’re Not Afraid to Die…if We Can All be Together” Word Meanings Clas 11 English

“We’re Not Afraid to Die…if We Can All be Together” lesson word meanings in English and Hindi. The lesson is a part of syllabus for CBSE class 11 English textbook ‘Hornbill’. Click here for other lessons of class 11 English.

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IN July 1976, my wife Mary, son Jonathan, 6, daughter Suzanne, 7, and I set sail from Plymouth, England, to duplicate the round the-world voyage made 200 years earlier by Captain James Cook. For the longest time, Mary and I — a 37-year-old businessman — had dreamt of sailing in the wake of the famous explorer, and for the past 16 years we had spent all our leisure time honing our seafaring skills in British waters.

Our boat Wavewalker, a 23 metre, 30 ton wooden-hulled beauty, had been professionally built, and we had spent months fitting it out and testing it in the roughest weather we could find.

The first leg of our planned three-year, 105,000 kilometre journey passed pleasantly as we sailed down the west coast of Africa to Cape Town. There, before heading east, we took on two crewmen — American Larry Vigil and Swiss Herb Seigler — to help us tackle one of the world’s roughest seas, the southern Indian Ocean.

set sailपलायन करनाTo begin a journey by boat or ship.
duplicateदोहराना, वैसा ही दोबारा करना (here it means to do or recreate again)
round-the-worldदुनिया का चक्कर A journey that goes completely around the world.
voyageसमुद्री यात्राA long journey, especially by sea or in space.
famous explorerप्रसिद्ध खोजीA well-known person who travels to discover new places.
dreamtसपना देखनाThe past tense of “dream,” meaning to have a series of thoughts, images, or sensations.
honingसुधार करना, ओर माँझना, तरासना To sharpen or improve a skill through practice and effort.
seafaring skillsसमुद्री कौशलSkills related to sailing and navigating on the sea.
fitted outसजानाTo equip or furnish something, in this context, it refers to preparing the boat for the journey.
roughest weatherसबसे खराब मौसमThe most severe or harsh weather conditions.
plannedयोजना बनाईRefers to something that was intended or arranged beforehand.
journeyयात्राA long trip or expedition from one place to another.
sailedप्लावितThe past tense of “sail,” meaning to travel on water using a boat or ship.
crewmenनाविकMale members of a crew who work on a ship or boat.
tackleसामना करनाTo deal with or handle a difficult situation or task.
roughest seasसबसे खराब समुद्रThe most challenging or violent waters.
Indian Oceanहिंद महासागरThe body of water that lies between Africa, Asia, and Australia.

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On our second day out of Cape Town, we began to encounter strong gales. For the next few weeks, they blew continuously. Gales did not worry me; but the size of the waves was alarming — up to 15 metres, as high as our main mast.

December 25 found us 3,500 kilometres east of Cape Town. Despite atrocious weather, we had a wonderful holiday complete with a Christmas tree. New Year’s Day saw no improvement in the weather, but we reasoned that it had to change soon. And it did change — for the worse.

At dawn on January 2, the waves were gigantic. We were sailing with only a small storm jib and were still making eight knots. As the ship rose to the top of each wave we could see endless enormous seas rolling towards us, and the screaming of the wind and spray was painful to the ears. To slow the boat down, we dropped the storm jib and lashed a heavy mooring rope in a loop across the stern. Then we double-lashed everything, went through our life-raft drill, attached lifelines, donned oilskins and life jackets — and waited.

The first indication of impending disaster came at about 6 p.m., with an ominous silence. The wind dropped, and the sky immediately grew dark. Then came a growing roar, and an enormous cloud towered aft of the ship. With horror, I realised that it was not a cloud, but a wave like no other I had ever seen. It appeared perfectly vertical and almost twice the height of the other waves, with a frightful breaking crest.

The roar increased to a thunder as the stern moved up the face of the wave, and for a moment I thought we might ride over it. But then a tremendous explosion shook the deck. A torrent of green and white water broke over the ship, my head smashed into the wheel and I was aware of flying overboard and sinking below the waves. I accepted my approaching death, and as I was losing consciousness, I felt quite peaceful.

Unexpectedly, my head popped out of the water. A few metres away, Wavewalker was near capsizing, her masts almost horizontal. Then a wave hurled her upright, my lifeline jerked taut, I grabbed the guard rails and sailed through the air into Wavewalker’s main boom. Subsequent waves tossed me around the deck like a rag doll. My left ribs cracked; my mouth filled with blood and broken teeth. Somehow, I found the wheel, lined up the stern for the next wave and hung on.

Water, Water, Everywhere. I could feel that the ship had water below, but I dared not abandon the wheel to investigate. Suddenly, the front hatch was thrown open and Mary appeared. “We’re sinking!” she screamed. “The decks are smashed; we’re full of water.”

galesतूफ़ानStrong, gusty winds.
wavesलहरेंRipples or undulating motions on the surface of water, often caused by the wind.
alarmingचिंताजनकCausing concern or fear; worrying.
mastमस्तA tall vertical post or pole on a ship that supports the sails.
atrociousअति शीतExtremely bad or unpleasant.
holidayछुट्टीA period of leisure and relaxation, often associated with a celebration or festive occasion.
Christmas treeक्रिसमस का पेड़A decorated tree, traditionally used during Christmas celebrations.
improvementसुधारThe act of making something better or more satisfactory.
dawnभोरThe first light of day; sunrise.
giganticविशालExtremely large or massive.
storm jibतूफ़ानी जिबA small triangular sail used in strong winds.
knotगाँठA unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour.
lashedबांधनाTied or secured firmly with ropes or cords.
life-raft drillजीवन-रफ्तार अभ्यासA practice session on how to use and board a life raft in emergency situations.
lifelinesजीवन रेखाएँLines or ropes used to prevent people from falling overboard on a ship.
oilskinsजलज्यों वाला वस्त्रClothing made of waterproof material, worn to protect against water and rain.
life jacketsजीवन जैकेट्सFlotation devices worn to keep a person afloat in water.
impendingआसन्नAbout to happen; imminent.
ominousअमंगलGiving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen.
aftपीछे की ओरTowards the back or stern of the ship.
crestधारThe highest point of a wave.
thunderगरजA loud, rumbling noise produced by lightning during a storm.
explosionविस्फोटA sudden and violent release of energy, often accompanied by a loud sound.
deckज़मीनी तलThe platform or flooring on a ship.
sternपृष्ठभागThe rear part of a ship.
jerked tautकड़ी झटकाSuddenly pulled tight or tense.
guard railsसुरक्षा की रेलेंProtective barriers or rails on the sides of a ship’s deck.
subsequentआगामीFollowing or coming after something in time or order.
capsizingपलटनाThe act of overturning or flipping a boat or ship.
ribsपसलीThe long, curved bones that form the ribcage and protect the internal organs.
crackedटूटा हुआBroken with a partial opening or fissure.
hatchबाढ़ रोकने के लिए बनाई जाने वाली खिड़कीAn opening or door in the deck or hull of a ship.
sinkingडूबनाDescending below the surface of water; the ship gradually filling with water.
decksजहाज़ के तलThe horizontal surfaces of a ship.

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“Take the wheel”, I shouted as I scrambled for the hatch.

Larry and Herb were pumping like madmen. Broken timbers hung at crazy angles, the whole starboard side bulged inwards; clothes, crockery, charts, tins and toys sloshed about in deep water.

I half-swam, half-crawled into the children’s cabin. “Are you all right?” I asked. “Yes,” they answered from an upper bunk. “But my head hurts a bit,” said Sue, pointing to a big bump above her eyes. I had no time to worry about bumped heads.

After finding a hammer, screws and canvas, I struggled back on deck. With the starboard side bashed open, we were taking water with each wave that broke over us. If I couldn’t make some repairs, we would surely sink.

Somehow I managed to stretch canvas and secure waterproof hatch covers across the gaping holes. Some water continued to stream below, but most of it was now being deflected over the side.

More problems arose when our hand pumps started to block up with the debris floating around the cabins and the electric pump short-circuited. The water level rose threateningly. Back on deck I found that our two spare hand pumps had been wrenched overboard — along with the forestay sail, the jib, the dinghies and the main anchor.

Then I remembered we had another electric pump under the chartroom floor. I connected it to an out-pipe, and was thankful to find that it worked.

The night dragged on with an endless, bitterly cold routine of pumping, steering and working the radio. We were getting no replies to our Mayday calls — which was not surprising in this remote corner of the world.

Sue’s head had swollen alarmingly; she had two enormous black eyes, and now she showed us a deep cut on her arm. When I asked why she hadn’t made more of her injuries before this, she replied, “I didn’t want to worry you when you were trying to save us all.”

hatchखिड़कीAn opening or door, especially in the deck or hull of a ship.
madmenपागल व्यक्तिPeople who are acting in a crazy or frenzied manner.
timbersलकड़ी के टुकड़ेPieces of wood, especially the long pieces that form the framework of a wooden ship.
bulged inwardsभीतर की ओर उभर आईSwelled or expanded towards the inside.
crockeryकुल्हड़ी, बर्तनवालाDishes and pottery, especially those made of earthenware or china.
sloshedचले आनंद से जानाMoved or splashed around in a liquid, often with a swishing or splashing sound.
half-swamआधा तैरा, आधा चलेMoved by swimming partially or with difficulty.
bashed openधक्के लगे, खोला गयाStruck forcefully, causing an opening or damage.
deflectedउड़ाया, विचलित कियाDiverted or turned aside from its original path.
debrisकचरा, कबाड़ीScattered pieces of waste or remains of something broken or destroyed.
short-circuitedशॉर्टसर्किट हो गयाAn electrical circuit that has a fault, causing current to flow along an unintended path.
wrenched overboardखींचकर बाहर पूछ दियाTorn or forcibly removed from its normal position and thrown overboard.
forestay sailवनज़ैल जो देखभाल करता हैA sail that supports the forestay, the cable or rope that keeps the mast from falling backward.
jibजिब, पूर्वाधारी तूफ़ानी जहाज़ की छोटी जहाज़ की तरह सीलिंड्रीय धातु जहाज़ के उत्तेजक के साथ जिसमें एक परिछिन्न जहाज़ के पाठिक के लिए सीलिंड्रीय धातु धनुष से जुड़ी एक छोटी जहाज़ के बारे में बोलते हैं, जिसे जिब कहा जाता है।
dinghiesछोटी कच्ची नावेंSmall boats, often inflatable or collapsible, used as lifeboats or for short trips.
Mayday callsमेडे फ़ोनDistress signals or emergency calls used in radio communication.
swollenसूजा हुआEnlarged or puffed up, especially due to injury or inflammation.
alarmingखतरनाकCausing concern or fear; worrying.
deep cutगहरी कटाईA severe or profound wound made by a sharp object.
injuriesचोटेंPhysical harm or damage caused to the body.
worryingचिंताजनकCausing anxiety or unease; making someone feel concerned.

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By morning on January 3, the pumps had the water level sufficiently under control for us to take two hours’ rest in rotation. But we still had a tremendous leak somewhere below the waterline and, on checking, I found that nearly all the boat’s main rib frames were smashed down to the keel. In fact, there was nothing holding up a whole section of the starboard hull except a few cupboard partitions.

We had survived for 15 hours since the wave hit, but Wavewalker wouldn’t hold together long enough for us to reach Australia. I checked our charts and calculated that there were two small islands a few hundred kilometres to the east. One of them, Ile Amsterdam, was a French scientific base. Our only hope was to reach these pinpricks in the vast ocean. But unless the wind and seas abated so we could hoist sail, our chances would be slim indeed. The great wave had put our auxilliary engine out of action.

On January 4, after 36 hours of continuous pumping, we reached the last few centimetres of water. Now, we had only to keep pace with the water still coming in. We could not set any sail on the main mast. Pressure on the rigging would simply pull the damaged section of the hull apart, so we hoisted the storm jib and headed for where I thought the two islands were. Mary found some corned beef and cracker biscuits, and we ate our first meal in almost two days.

But our respite was short-lived. At 4 p.m. black clouds began building up behind us; within the hour the wind was back to 40 knots and the seas were getting higher. The weather continued to deteriorate throughout the night, and by dawn on January 5, our situation was again desperate.

When I went in to comfort the children, Jon asked, “Daddy, are we going to die?” I tried to assure him that we could make it. “But, Daddy,” he went on, “we aren’t afraid of dying if we can all be together — you and Mummy, Sue and I.”

I could find no words with which to respond, but I left the children’s cabin determined to fight the sea with everything I had. To protect the weakened starboard side, I decided to heave to — with the undamaged port hull facing the oncoming waves, using an improvised sea anchor of heavy nylon rope and two 22 litre plastic barrels of paraffin.

That evening, Mary and I sat together holding hands, as the motion of the ship brought more and more water in through the broken planks. We both felt the end was very near.

But Wave walker rode out the storm and by the morning of January 6, with the wind easing, I tried to get a reading on the sextant. Back in the chartroom, I worked on wind speeds, changes of course, drift and current in an effort to calculate our position. The best I could determine was that we were somewhere in 150,000 kilometres of ocean looking for a 65 kilometre-wide island.

While I was thinking, Sue, moving painfully, joined me. The left side of her head was now very swollen and her blackened eyes narrowed to slits. She gave me a card she had made.

On the front she had drawn caricatures of Mary and me with the words: “Here are some funny people. Did they make you laugh? I laughed a lot as well.” Inside was a message: “Oh, how I love you both. So this card is to say thank you and let’s hope for the best.” Somehow we had to make it.

EnglishHindiEnglish Meaning
PumpsपंपDevices to move liquid
RotationरोटेशनA circular movement or pattern
Tremendousभयानक, बड़ाVery large or intense
Leakरिसाव, छिद्रAn unintended hole or opening
WaterlineजलरेखाThe line where water meets the hull of a boat
Keelकिल, बोट की नाव का निचला हिस्साThe central beam running along the bottom of a boat
Smashedटूट गई, मस्तकड़ीदारBroken into pieces or damaged severely
Hullजहाज़ की तख्तीThe main body of a ship
Cupboard partitionsअलमारी के बंटवारेDividers or partitions inside a cupboard
Survivedबच गए, प्राण बचाएTo continue living or existing after a dangerous situation
Australiaऑस्ट्रेलियाA country in Oceania
Pinpricksबिना-मेंढक जहाज़Small and remote islands
Vastविशाल, बहुत बड़ाExtremely large or immense
Abatedकम हुआ, कमी हुईReduced in intensity or amount
Hoistऊपर उठाना, लहरानाTo raise or lift
Auxiliary engineप्रत्याम्नायिक इंजनBackup or secondary engine
Continuous pumpingलगातार फूंक बम्पPumping without stopping
Riggingजहाज़ की रस्सियांThe system of ropes and chains used on a boat or ship
Respiteविराम, राहतA short period of rest or relief
Storm jibजंझार तूफ़ानी जहाज़ के मस्तूल पर लगाया जानेवाला परिदृश्यA small triangular sail used in stormy weather
Desperateनिराशाजनक, आशाहीनIn a hopeless or dire situation
Comfortसांत्वना देनाTo console or soothe
Improvisedआविष्कृत, तत्कालिकMade or done with whatever is available at the moment
Sea anchorसमुद्री एंकरA device used to slow down or stabilize a boat in rough seas
ParaffinपैराफिनA type of fuel or wax
Sextantसेक्सटेंटA navigational instrument used to measure angles
Chartroomनौका चार्ट रूमA room on a boat where navigational charts are kept
Driftड्रिफ़्ट, प्रवाहThe movement or flow of water or air
Currentधारा, विद्युत धाराA flow of water or electricity
Caricaturesकैरिकेचर, व्यंग्यचित्रExaggerated or humorous representations of people
Swollenसूजना, फूलनाEnlarged or bloated
Blackenedकाला हो जानाTurned black or darkened
Slitsपत्रिकाएं, दरारेंNarrow openings or cuts
Carriedजबरदस्ती से ले जानाTaken or transported forcibly
Prayingप्रार्थना कर रहा थाExpressing a request or wish
Immersedडुबाया गया, निमग्नSubmerged or soaked in liquid
Rejoicedखुशी से उछलना, आनंदित होनाTo feel or show great joy or happiness
Abandonछोड़ देना, त्यागनाTo leave behind or give up
Courageसाहस, हिम्मतBravery, strength to face danger
Thankfulकृतज्ञ, आभारीFeeling or showing gratitude
Gratefulकृतज्ञ, आभारीFeeling or showing thanks

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I checked and rechecked my calculations. We had lost our main compass and I was using a spare which had not been corrected for magnetic variation. I made an allowance for this and another estimate of the influence of the westerly currents which flow through this part of the Indian Ocean.

About 2 p.m., I went on deck and asked Larry to steer a course of 185 degrees. If we were lucky, I told him with a conviction I did not feel, he could expect to see the island at about 5 p.m.

Then with a heavy heart, I went below, climbed on my bunk and amazingly, dozed off. When I woke it was 6 p.m., and growing dark. I knew we must have missed the island, and with the sail we had left, we couldn’t hope to beat back into the westerly winds.

At that moment, a tousled head appeared by my bunk. “Can I have a hug?” Jonathan asked. Sue was right behind him.

“Why am I getting a hug now?” I asked.

“Because you are the best daddy in the whole world — and the best captain,” my son replied.

“Not today, Jon, I’m afraid.”

“Why, you must be,” said Sue in a matter-of-fact voice. “You found the island.”

“What!” I shouted.

“It’s out there in front of us,” they chorused, “as big as a battleship.”

I rushed on deck and gazed with relief at the stark outline of Ile Amsterdam. It was only a bleak piece of volcanic rock, with little vegetation — the most beautiful island in the world!

We anchored offshore for the night, and the next morning all 28 inhabitants of the island cheered as they helped us ashore.

With land under my feet again, my thoughts were full of Larry and Herbie, cheerful and optimistic under the direst stress, and of Mary, who stayed at the wheel for all those crucial hours. Most of all, I thought of a seven-year-old girl, who did not want us to worry about a head injury (which subsequently took six minor operations to remove a recurring blood clot between skin and skull), and of a six-year-old boy who was not afraid to die.

EnglishHindiEnglish Meaning
Spareअतिरिक्त, अपवित्रीकृतExtra, additional, not in regular use
Correctedसुधारा, सही कियाAdjusted or made accurate
Magnetic variationचुम्बकीय विभिन्नताDeviation of compass readings from true north due to magnetic field
Allowanceछूट, मनवानाAdjustment or compensation
Estimateअनुमान, अन्दाजRough calculation or prediction
Influenceप्रभाव, असरEffect or impact
Steerचलाना, रंगनाTo guide the course of a ship or vehicle
Convictionदृढ़ता, अनुशासनFirm belief or certainty
Decksजहाज़ की डेक्सHorizontal platforms on a ship
Tousledउलझा हुआ, बिखरा हुआDisheveled, messy
Bunkचारपाई, खाटBed or sleeping berth
Dozed offउन्माद हो गया, सो गयाFell asleep
Grew darkअंधेरा हो गयाBecame dark
Beat backपीछे पीछे मुड़ जानाSail against the wind or current
Tousled headउलझे बालों वाला सिरMessy or unkempt hair
Matter-of-factवास्तविकताPractical, straightforward
Chorusedसमयानुक्रमिक गायाSpoke or sang together in unison
Stark outlineसुस्पष्ट रूपरेखाClear or distinct outline
Bleakउदास, निराशाजनकGloomy, depressing, barren
Vegetationवनस्पतिPlant life
InhabitantsनिवासियोंResidents, people living in a place
Ashoreतटीय, समुद्र के किनारेOn or to the shore
Thoughtsविचार, भावनाIdeas, feelings, reflections
OptimisticआशावादीPositive and hopeful
Direstअत्यंत, खराबMost severe or extreme
Crucialनाज़ुक, महत्वपूर्णExtremely important or critical
Recurringबार बार होनाHappening repeatedly
Blood clotरक्त थक्काMass of coagulated blood
Subsequentlyतत्काल बादAfterward, later in time

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