Voyage Of The Liberdade

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In the first part of the book, Slocum describes the Aquidneck's voyage, including the mishaps that saddle him with a crew of brigands, not sailors. He tells how eventually lost the Aquidneck, and the circumstances that led to his building the Liberdade, the ship that would bring he and his family home.

Join the self-reliant and intrepid Slocum on his voyage and gain a glimpse into the romantic era that vanished when steam took over. And perhaps his book will inspire you to ...

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Overview

In the first part of the book, Slocum describes the Aquidneck's voyage, including the mishaps that saddle him with a crew of brigands, not sailors. He tells how eventually lost the Aquidneck, and the circumstances that led to his building the Liberdade, the ship that would bring he and his family home.

Join the self-reliant and intrepid Slocum on his voyage and gain a glimpse into the romantic era that vanished when steam took over. And perhaps his book will inspire you to follow in his footsteps in your own Liberdade!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458948342
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Pages: 74
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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Joshua Slocum is widely known for his Sailing Around the World Alone, the story of his solo circumnavigation. The Voyage of the Liberdade, his first book, is equally compelling. In it he recounts his journey to Brazil and back - he sailed down on the Aquidneck, his own ship, and returned on the Liberdade, which he built there. What happened?

Slocum describes sailing from port to port in Brazil, trying to take in and deliver enough cargo on the Aquidneck to make her voyage profitable. Through a series of mishaps he is saddled with a crew which turns out to be composed of brigands, not sailors:

"My pirates thought their opportunity had surely come to capture the Aquidneck, and this they undertook to do. The ringleader of the gang was a burly scoundrel, whose boast was that he had "licked both the mate and second mate of the last vessel he had sailed in, and had "busted the captain in the jaw"...Near midnight, my wife, who had heard the first footstep on deck, quietly wakened me, saying, "We must get up, and look out for ourselves! Something is going wrong on deck; the boat tackle has been let go with a great deal of noise..." My first impulse was to step on deck in the usual way, but the earnest entreaties of my wife awoke me, like, to a danger that should be investigated with caution. Arming myself therefore, with a stout carbine repeater, and eight ball cartridges in the magazine, I stepped on deck abaft instead of forward, where evidently I had been expected..."

Slocum, who landed in jail for shooting a one of the mutineers, eventually lost the Aquidneck on the reefs. Not wanting to remain a castaway in Brazil, he and his family build the Liberdade, the ship that would bring them home:

"Her dimensions being - 35 feet in length over all, 7-1/2 feet breadth of beam, and 3 feet depth of hold, who shall say that she was not large enough? Her model I got from my recollections of Cape Ann dories and from a photo of a very elegant Japanese sampan which I had before me on the spot, so, as it might be expected, when finished, she resembled both types of vessel in some degree. Her rig was the Chinese sampan style, which is, I consider, the most convenient boat rig in the whole world. This was the boat, or canoe I prefer to call it, in which we purposed to sail for North America and home. Each one had been busy during the construction and past misfortunes had all been forgotten. Madam had made the sails - and very good sails they were, too!"

Join the self-reliant and intrepid Slocum on his voyage and gain a glimpse into the romantic era that vanished when steam took over. And perhaps his book will inspire you to follow in his footsteps in your own Liberdade!

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Table of Contents

Greeting 1
Chapter I2
The ship
The crew
A hurricane
Cape Verde Islands
Frio
A pampeiro
Chapter II9
Montevideo
Beggars
Antonina for mate
Antonina to Buenos Aires
The bombelia
Chapter III12
Salvage of a cargo of wine
Sailors happy
Cholera in the Argentine
Death in the land
Dutch Harry
Pete the Greek
Noted crimps
Boat lost
Sail for Ilha Grande
Expelled from the port
Serious hardships
Chapter IV22
Ilha Grande decree
Return to Rosario
Waiting opening of the Brazilian ports
Scarcity of sailors
Buccaneers turned pilots
Sail down the river
Arrive at Ilha Grande the second time
Quarantined and fumigated
Admitted to pratique
Sail for Rio
Again challenged
Rio at last
Chapter V30
At Rio
Sail for Antonina with mixed cargo
A pampeiro
Ship on beam-ends
Cargo still more mixed
Topgallant-masts carried away
Arrive safely at Antonina
Chapter VI33
Mutiny
Attempt at robbery and murder
Four against one
Two go down before a rifle
Order restored
Chapter VII41
Join the bark at Montevideo
A good crew
Small-pox breaks out
Bear up for Maldonado and Flores
No aid
Death of sailors
To Montevideo in distress
Quarantine
Chapter VIII51
A new crew
Sail for Antonina
Load timber
Native canoes
Loss of the Aquidneck
Chapter IX57
The Building of the Liberdade
Chapter X70
Across the bar
The run to Santos
Tow to Rio by the steamship
At Rio
Chapter XI77
Sail from Rio
Anchor at Cape Frio
Encounter with a whale
Sunken treasure
The schoolmaster
The merchant
The good people at the village
A pleasant visit
Chapter XII84
Sail from Frio
Round Cape St. Thome
High seas and swift currents
In the "trades"
Dangerous reefs
Run into harbour unawares, on a dark and stormy night
At Caravellas
Fine weather
A gale
Port St. Paulo
Treacherous natives
Sail for Bahia
Chapter XIII90
At Bahia
Meditations on the discoverers
The Caribbees
Chapter XIV94
Bahia to Pernambuco
The meeting of the Finance at sea
At Pernambuco
Round Cape St. Roque
A gale
Breakers
The stretch to Barbadoes
Flying fish alighting on deck
Dismasted
Arrive at Carlysle Bay
Chapter XV106
At Barbadoes
Mayaguez
Crossing the Bahama Banks
The Gulf Stream
Arrival on the coast of South Carolina
Chapter XVI119
Ocean currents
Visit to South Santee
At the Typee River
Quarantined
South Port and Wilmington, N.C.
Inland sailing to Beaufort, Norfolk, and Washington, D.C.
Voyage ended
Disposal of the Liberdade 131
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Remarkable First Hand Account

    A remarkable first hand account of the wreck of the Aquidneck and the remarkable voyage of the Liberdade. Also, a heartwarming tale of close family bonds. And although his achievement would be touted in all the newspapers around the world, Captain Slocum never once gloated. What an excellent example of humility. There is no sense in me giving any further details, so if you love action/adventure, I highly recommend this true, first person account.

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