Sailing Alone Around The World

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Joshua Slocum, one of the most famous of American sea captains, really was "The First" to single-handedly circumnavigate the world. The epitome of Yankee independence, he had been captain of his own single-decker, the Aquidneck, and built the Liberdade but he was at loose-ends at fifty-one.

An old friend offered him the old oyster boat which he rebuilt into the 37' Spray and in 1895 he took off from Boston for the Straits of Gibraltar, sailed back across the Atlantic and around ...

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Overview

Joshua Slocum, one of the most famous of American sea captains, really was "The First" to single-handedly circumnavigate the world. The epitome of Yankee independence, he had been captain of his own single-decker, the Aquidneck, and built the Liberdade but he was at loose-ends at fifty-one.

An old friend offered him the old oyster boat which he rebuilt into the 37' Spray and in 1895 he took off from Boston for the Straits of Gibraltar, sailed back across the Atlantic and around South America to the South Seas. Slocum is a captivating writer, observant, humorous, and evocative. And he had a way of dealing with adversity that was at times distinctly theatrical -- here he outwits determined pirates in Tierra del Fuego: I was not for letting on that I was alone, and so I stepped into the cabin, and, passing through the hold, came out at the fore-scuttle, changing my clothes as I went along. That made two men. Then the piece of bowsprit which I had sawed off at Buenos Aires, and which I had still on board, I arranged forward on the lookout, dressed as a seaman, attaching a line by which I could pull it into motion. That made three of us...

Discover for yourself why Slocum's book is called a sailor's Walden -- Jack London sailed the Pacific using it (The Cruise of the Snark, also available from The Narrative Press). Even if you're not planning a solo sailing trip, it's a wonderful adventure.

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In 1895, Slocum set sail in his sloop, the Spray, on a voyage that was to take 3 years & earn him a place in history as the first man to navigate the globe singlehandedly. Here is Slocum's own story, told with the salt resilience of an old sailor. 4 1/2" x 6 3/4".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788132030690
  • Publisher: Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
  • Publication date: 8/25/2008
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 0.32 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Captain Joshua Slocum (1844–1909) was the first person to circle the globe alone entirely by sea. On April 24, 1895, he departed Boston in his 37-foot sloop, Spray, and sailed around the world, returning to Newport, Rhode Island, on June 27, 1898. This remarkable achievement made Slocum the most famous North American sailor of all time.
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Joshua Slocum, one of the most famous of American sea captains, really was the first to single-handedly circumnavigate the world. The epitome of Yankee independence, he had risen from a seaman to the captain of his own ship. Marooned in Brazil, he built a "canoe" in which he returned to America (see The Voyage of the Liberdade). At loose ends at fifty-one, he was offered an old oyster boat which he rebuilt into the 37' Spray and in 1895 he took off from Boston for the Straits of Gibraltar.

He is a captivating writer as well; observant, humorous, and evocative:

"For, one day, well off the Patagonian coast, while the sloop was reaching under short sail, a tremendous wave, the culmination, it seemed, of many waves, rolled down upon her in a storm, roaring as it came. I had only a moment to get all sail down and myself up on the peak halliards, out of danger, when I saw the mighty crest towering masthead-high above me. The mountain of water submerged my vessel. She shook in every timber and reeled under the weight of the sea, but rose quickly out of it, and rode grandly over the rollers that followed. It may have been a minute that from my hold in the rigging I could see no part of the Spray's hull. Perhaps it was even less time than that, but it seemed a long while, for under great excitement one lives fast, and in a few seconds one may think a great deal of one's past life."

He met determined pirates in Tierra del Fuego:

"I was not for letting on that I was alone, and so I stepped into the cabin, and, passing through the hold, came out at the fore-scuttle, changing my clothes as I went along. That made two men. Then the piece of bowsprit which I had sawed off at Buenos Aires, and which I had still on board, I arranged forward on the lookout, dressed as a seaman, attaching a line by which I could pull it into motion. That made three of us..."

In Africa he met the explorer Henry Stanley:

"Mr. Stanley was a nautical man once himself, - on the Nyanza, I think, - and of course my desire was to appear in the best light before a man of his experience. He looked me over carefully, and said,

'What an example of patience!'

'Patience is all that is required,' I ventured to reply.

He then asked if my vessel had water-tight compartments. I explained that she was all water-tight and all compartment.

'What if she should strike a rock?' he asked.

'Compartments would not save her if she should hit the rocks lying along her course,' said I; adding, 'she must be kept away from the rocks.'

After a considerable pause Mr. Stanley asked, 'What if a swordfish should pierce her hull with its sword?'

Of course I had thought of that as one of the dangers of the sea, and also of the chance of being struck by lightning. In the case of the swordfish, I ventured to say that 'the first thing would be to secure the sword.'

So this is where Jack London got the idea for watertight compartments! (see Cruise of the Snark, available from The Narrative Press) Discover for yourself why everyone reads this book (called a sailor's Walden) - even if you're not planning a solo sailing trip. And take it with you if you are!

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Table of Contents

Chapter I1
Chapter II10
Chapter III19
Chapter IV28
Chapter V38
Chapter VI51
Chapter VII62
Chapter VIII75
Chapter IX84
Chapter X95
Chapter XI105
Chapter XII114
Chapter XIII125
Chapter XIV137
Chapter XV148
Chapter XVI161
Chapter XVII174
Chapter XVIII185
Chapter XIX193
Chapter XX203
Chapter XXI210
Appendix 217
Illustrations 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Sailing along side the Spray

    I stumbled across Sailing Alone Aound the World by chance. Slocum draws you into his world as he travels from port to port and battles gales and the deadly Southern Ocean. Throughout the novel we learn what it really means to travel solo and find interpeace.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2007

    What we all what to know.

    Being a Yankee Skipper, Capt. Slocum could probably relish his book¿s ability to still sell after one hundred and nine years. But the question on the reader¿s mind is still the one that annoyed him occasionally at ports of call on his voyage: ¿Where¿s the profit¿?¿ ¿What¿s the sense of trying to sail around the world alone, Captain?¿ or ¿Why read?¿ Captain Slocum may well have answered that, in his case, sailing beyond his geographical horizon took him beyond his psychological horizon. Not once, but so many times, that he found his place among men and intuitively his place in the universe. His is an account of a man discovering and being exactly where he¿s meant to be. What about us readers? Maybe we need the encouragement to find out, or, even, ask the question? Barnes & Noble combined a background and introduction that compliments the story well, so, read closely. If the story starts to read you continuing may lead to unsettling thoughts, feelings and questions. Careful, you know what Nazis did with that sort of book?

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Beautifully Written

    I bought this on a whim while I was looking through the B&N Classics section. Joshua Slocum writes so honestly and eloquently. Thoroughly enjoyable, this work will take you around the world and show you the indomitable spirit of an honest sailor.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Tall Adventure

    It's not Treasure Island but it is an epic true story of a man who sailed the earth alone. Knowing the story is true and the recurring dangers that Slocum faced will pull you through this great book. As for the format, it's easy to read and the occasional the sketches of scenes from the book are a pleasure to behold.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Great story

    Loved the adventures and tribulations. Great true story. Very memorable. Great writing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Couldn't udersrand plot

    Lots of typos i diliked it.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    typos

    Too many scanning errors to be readable.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    A great writer! In my humble opinion Slokum should be considered to be among the greats, If you sail you must read this book, Slokum paints an incredible tale of a sailor who rebuilr an old broken down wooden sailboat, to sail around the world

    Considered with the greats Beariful prose tells of a sailor who restores an old dilapidared sailboat and sails it around the world single handed The Spray sails herself and overtakes ships with full crews An amazing boat Imagine pressing past Cape Horn only to find pirates on the other side If you sail you must read this captain's log i've never written a review before this, but I must encourage all who love great writing, great story telling, and a great story to honor this man bv reading his tale

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Follow with goggle map

    Found it to be a good book
    I followed Slocum's travels on Goggle Map which made it more interesting. I really liked the fact the book was free

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Bad Scan

    Bad Scan

    Like so many of the free books available for the Nook, this scan is very poor. Pagination and printing is off. It may be a good book, but the edition fails as an ebook.

    It is not worth the trouble, and I am deleting it.

    I guess you really do get what you pay for¿

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Why this edition?

    I give this a 1 star, as this is a book that is in the public domain, I don't know why an "editor" would be needed as it has been edited and published before. This is a fine book and does not need editing. Again this is a book in the public domain, so just read the free version.

    Again this book is a 5 star, but this edition is a 1 star as it adds too much cost to the free work.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Annoying Scan

    This scan made it difficult to read. Story was ok. Lacking in description, especially while at sea.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    crummy copy

    This version was a mess, almost unreadable . I have to find a better copy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 1999

    An excellent adventure that will captivate you

    Slocum is a fabulous writer and his story will amaze you as you imagine his journey in a handmade boat over 100 years ago. I loved reading this and will no doubt read it many times in the years to come. A true classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 6, 2014

    Xylie

    Umm hello

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    Posted January 21, 2014

    Magik

    "Love you too." ((Bye))

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    Posted January 30, 2014

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