The Cruise of the Falcon - A Voyage to South America in a 30-Ton Yacht


Read by Steven Seitel

(4.9 stars; 17 reviews)

In this fine sailing and exploring yarn, Edward Frederick Knight (1852-1925), sometime English barrister, journalist, sportsman, and amateur seaman, conspires over a fish dinner in Harwich to buy and refit the tiny yacht Falcon, recruit a crew of four (and a cabin boy), and sail across the Atlantic Ocean to South America. This they do, despite naysayers who advised painting the yacht's name conspicuously on her keel to aid identification when found floating upside down in some foreign sea.

The book provides detailed descriptions of sailing in difficult waters and powerful storms, the spectacular scenery of Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, sport hunting in unspoiled jungles, frequent revolutions (and a terrible war of annihilation) and, perhaps most important, the customs of the many different peoples who inhabit the South American continent. As was common practice in his day, Knight assumes the superiority of the “white” races and is not hesitant to express his sometimes less-than-favorable impressions of the “lesser” races he encounters. But he offers high praise for the beauty of the land and the kindness of the people he meets. (Steven Seitel) (15 hr 48 min)

Chapters

01 The Results of a Fish Dinner at Greenwich 15:56 Read by Steven Seitel
02 Voyage to Madeira 22:25 Read by Steven Seitel
03 The Cape Verde Islands 25:06 Read by Steven Seitel
04 Bahia 39:07 Read by Steven Seitel
05 Rio de Janeiro 34:53 Read by Steven Seitel
06 Maldonado Bay 28:30 Read by Steven Seitel
07 Montevideo and Buenos Ayres 25:50 Read by Steven Seitel
08 The Rio de la Plata 24:13 Read by Steven Seitel
09 The Pampas 28:23 Read by Steven Seitel
10 We Commence a Long Ride 27:49 Read by Steven Seitel
11 The Rio Segundo 23:02 Read by Steven Seitel
12 Cordoba 30:42 Read by Steven Seitel
13 On the Tropilla Track to Potosi 31:08 Read by Steven Seitel
14 The Montes of Santiago 30:14 Read by Steven Seitel
15 The Rio Saladillo and the Salt-Desert 30:14 Read by Steven Seitel
16 Santiago del Estero 27:05 Read by Steven Seitel
17 Tucuman 25:53 Read by Steven Seitel
18 Return to Buenos Ayres 16:37 Read by Steven Seitel
19 We Sail for Paraguay 25:25 Read by Steven Seitel
20 Sport on the Parana 30:07 Read by Steven Seitel
21 El Gran Chaco 22:50 Read by Steven Seitel
22 The Province of Corrientes 23:45 Read by Steven Seitel
23 Paraguay 22:16 Read by Steven Seitel
24 Villa Pillar 22:08 Read by Steven Seitel
25 Asuncion 22:33 Read by Steven Seitel
26 Our Adventure at Aregua 24:23 Read by Steven Seitel
27 Descent of the Rivers 23:48 Read by Steven Seitel
28 Ship a New Crew 23:21 Read by Steven Seitel
29 Homeward Bound 21:38 Read by Steven Seitel
30 A Pampero 29:31 Read by Steven Seitel
31 Trinidad and Martin Vas Islands 31:47 Read by Steven Seitel
32 Exploration of the Desert Island 39:20 Read by Steven Seitel
33 Pernambuco 25:40 Read by Steven Seitel
34 A Cruise Round the Reconcavo 32:55 Read by Steven Seitel
35 Demerara 24:41 Read by Steven Seitel
36 Barbados and Home 15:01 Read by Steven Seitel

Reviews

Excellent travelogue.


(5 stars)

Knight is a wonderful travelogue writer. Keeps your interest up all the time. And Steven Seitel the perfect reader for this material. I loved journeying to the interior of the continent, especially primitive Paraguay.


(5 stars)

most excellent in every way, thanks LibriVox and reader for this fascinating account.