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Voyage of the Liberdade

Joshua Slocum

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. . . concern at my "misfortunes," but "carramba!" (zounds) said he, "my own losses are great." It required very little reasoning to show me that the least expensive course was the safest one for me to adopt, and my merchant offering enough to pay the marketing, I found it wisest not to disturb the cargo, but to lay up instead with it in the vessel and await the reopening of the Brazilian ports. This I did.[Pg 22]

My merchant, Don Manuel, is said to be worth millions of pesos. The foundation of his wealth was laid by peddling charcoal, carrying it at first, to his credit be it said, on his back, and he was then a good fellow. Many a hard bargain has he waged since, and is now a "Don," living in a $90,000 house. The Don doesn't peddle charcoal any more.

Moored at Rosario, waiting, waiting; but all of us well in body, and myself finally less agitated in mind. My old friend, Don Manuel, seems better also; he "may yet purge and live clean like a gentleman."

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Community Reviews

His first book describing his adventures at sea, Voyage of the Liberdade follows the early adventures on the high seas of American sailor JOSHUA SLOCUM (1844-1909), who would later become the first man to sail alone around the world. First aboard the Aquidneck and then later the Liberdade and jou...more

I was surprised by how easy this was to read. Written in 1888 by a man that made his living as a seaman. His writing flows really well; A good story teller that grabs and keeps your interest.
A fun and often exciting read. Surprising for a 'travel journal' from 125 years ago.

I would have loved t...more

I can't help but wonder how this book would have turned out if Slocum's wife wrote it, or either of his sons. I'm sure it would have been written very differently.

I read this for the descriptions of the places to visit as Slocum began in Brazil and sailed to the US, but it is much more a log of the sail which was very interesting in itself. I marvel at what his little family accomplished in a small boat and I was not surprised that it was the last time his...more

Not quite as well-constructed a book as 'Sailing Alone Around the World', but with the added joy of wondering what on earth his wife was really thinking as this maniac sailed his way up the Americas. I can't believe I've lived this long without knowing about Joshua Slocum.

Glad this was a short book (non-fiction "novella" as it were), as I never got used to the author's rather verbose, corny style. I suppose it may well be the way Victorian sea captains spoke, and I assumed that the narrator faithfully reproduced that effect, but the result just wasn't for me; had...more