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The Cruise Of The Alerte Paperback – June 17, 2004
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Marooned between the genres of maritime adventure and travel literature is the curious little vessel that sails under the flag THE CRUISE OF THE ALERTE. First published in 1890, it recounts the 1889 journey of the author, Edward Frederick Knight, English barrister and occasional war correspondent, and his crew of thirteen (four paid hands and nine volunteers, or 'gentleman adventurers', each having contributed to costs one hundred pounds and each wanting of any practicable maritime experience). They were to sail aboard Knight's craft, the 64ft cutter yacht ALERTE, to the little-known isle of Trinidad, a jut of volcanic rock of Brazilian dominion adrift in the Atlantic, seven hundred miles east of Rio de Janeiro.
Knight had been to Trinidad eight years previous, though by equal parts chance and curiosity. While tracking the Brazilian coast in a former craft, the FALCON, he had been forced to windward for close on a thousand miles after running before a heavy pampero. Finding himself in Trinidad's locale, and after having his interest aroused by the description of the isle in the South Atlantic Directory, he chose to land and explore. He and his crew lay at anchor for nine days, during which time several onshore excursions were made. He says of Trinidad, 'It bears all the appearance of being an accursed spot, whereupon no creatures can live, save the hideous land-crabs and foul and cruel sea-birds.Read more ›