Sunday, June 26, 2011

Foreign Ports

Three tales tonight of the sort that sailors bring home from their voyages abroad.

The Basha's Gorilla, by William Patterson White (1910). Read by Byron Wexhome. Additional voice by Rowan Derryth. White was best known for writing cowboy adventure stories in the early 20th century.

Voyage Eastward, from the Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 1895 edition, by Rudolph Erich Raspe. Read by Emperor Ezra Crumb the Second. The tales of Baron Munchausen were first translated into English in 1785 from an anonymous collection in German. Baron Munchausen was an actual 18th century nobleman and his stories should be assumed to be absolutely reliable and true, despite the fact that many are based on folktales that were circulating well before his birth.

Davey Jones's Gift, by John Masefield. Read by Victor1st Mornington. First published in Country Life, November 11, 1905. Masefield's aunt thought little of her nephews addiction to reading, so she sent him off to train for a life at sea to cure him of it. He became a Poet Laureate and one of the greatest nautical storytellers of all time.

Sound effects collected on location in Zanzibar Town and New Babbage.
Music, Ibn Al-Noor, and Narcissus, by Kevin MacLeod.
Production: Mosseveno Tenk
Radio Riel airdate: June 26, 2011.
Runtime: 39:25

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