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

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Cruise of the Falcon is a thrilling adventure story of a daring voyage to South America in a 30-ton yacht. Edward Frederick Knight takes readers on a thrilling journey as he recounts his experiences navigating the treacherous waters of the South American coast.

Knight's vivid descriptions of the exotic locations he visits and the colorful characters he meets along the way bring the story to life. His attention to detail and engaging narrative style make it easy for readers to imagine themselves on board the Falcon, experiencing the highs and lows of life at sea.

Throughout the book, Knight's passion for sailing and exploration shines through, as he faces numerous challenges and obstacles with courage and determination. From encounters with dangerous wildlife to navigating through violent storms, the author's resilience and resourcefulness are truly inspiring.

Overall, Cruise of the Falcon is a captivating read that will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure and a love for the open sea. Knight's storytelling skills and adventurous spirit make this book a must-read for fans of maritime literature and travel memoirs.

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In this fine sailing and exploring yarn, Edward Frederick Knight , 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 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, 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.

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