The Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators

Hendrik van LOON (1882 - 1944)

This is a story of magnificent failures. The men who equipped the expeditions of which I shall tell you the story died in the poorhouse. The men who took part in these voyages sacrificed their lives as cheerfully as they lighted a new pipe or opened a fresh bottle. Some of them were drowned, and some of them died of thirst. A few were frozen to death, and many were killed by the heat of the scorching sun. But what of it? It was all in the day's work. These excellent fellows took whatever came, be it good or bad, or indifferent, with perfect grace, and kept on smiling. They kept their powder dry, did whatever their hands found to do, and left the rest to the care of that mysterious Providence who probably knew more about the ultimate good of things than they did. - Summary from the preface

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Travel & Geography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication, Historical introduction Larry Wilson
00:07:57
Play 01 Chapter I. Jan Huygen van Linschoten. Part I Jane Bennett
00:21:11
Play 02 Chapter I. Jan Huygen van Linschoten. Part II Jane Bennett
00:22:15
Play 03 Chapter II. The Northeast Passage. Part I Availle
00:25:06
Play 04 Chapter II. The Northeast Passage. Part II Availle
00:21:09
Play 05 Chapter III. The Tragedy of Spitzbergen Piotr Nater
00:08:58
Play 06 Chapter IV. The First Voyage to India - Failure Jane Bennett
00:40:27
Play 07 Chapter V. The Second Voyage to India - Success Jane Bennett
00:23:25
Play 08 Chapter VI. Van Noort Circumnavigates the World. Part I Piotr Nater
00:21:35
Play 09 Chapter VI. Van Noort Circumnavigates the World. Part II Piotr Nater
00:19:04
Play 10 Chapter VII. The Attack Upon the West Coast of America. Part I Piotr Nater
00:20:44
Play 11 Chapter VII. The Attack Upon the West Coast of America. Part II Piotr Nater
00:20:02
Play 12 Chapter VIII. The Bad Luck of Captain Bontekoe Availle
00:26:58
Play 13 Chapter IX. Schouten and Le Maire Discover a New Strait Jane Bennett
00:22:04
Play 14 Chapter X. Tasman Explores Australia Jane Bennett
00:20:04
Play 15 Chapter XI. Roggeveen, the Last of the Great Voyagers Foon
00:10:08