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Sailing Alone Around The World

by Joshua Slocum
Foreword by Thomas Philbrick
Editor Thomas Philbrick

Penguin Classics | June 14, 1999 | Trade Paperback

Sailing Alone Around The World is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

The classic travel narrative of a Don Quixote-of-the-seas – the first man to circumnavigate the world singlehandedly.

Joshua Slocum’s autobiographical account of his solo trip around the world is one of the most remarkable – and entertaining – travel narratives of all time. Setting off alone from Boston aboard the thirty-six-foot wooden sloop Spray in April 1895, Captain Slocum went on to join the ranks of the world’s great circumnavigators – Magellan, Drake, and Cook. But by circling the globe without crew or consorts, Slocum would outdo them all: his three-year solo voyage of more than 46,000 miles remains unmatched in maritime history for its courage, skill, and determination.

Sailing Alone around the World recounts Slocum’s wonderful adventures: hair-raising encounters with pirates off Gibraltar and savage Indians in Tierra del Fuego; raging tempests and treacherous coral reefs; flying fish for breakfast in the Pacific; and a hilarious visit with fellow explorer Henry Stanley in South Africa. A century later, Slocum’s incomparable book endures as one of the greatest narratives of adventure ever written.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: June 14, 1999

Publisher: Penguin Classics

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140437363

ISBN - 13: 9780140437362

Found in: Adventure and Literary Travel

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm glad I found it On April 24, 1895, at the age of 51, Joshua Slocum, a Nova Scotia born, naturalized U. S. seaman and adventurer, set sail in his 37-foot sloop the Spray, a derelict boat that he had rebuilt himself. Three years and 46,000 miles later, he returned as the first person to sail around the world alone. Then in 1900 he wrote a sailing memoir about his single-handed global circumnavigation. It tells how he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Gibraltar, stopping at the Azores along the way, changed his mind about his route through the Suez Canal, and went back across the Atlantic, down along the coast of South America, through the Straits of Magellan, and into the Pacific Ocean, where his further stops included Juan Fernandez Island, Samoa, and various places in Australia. From Australia, Slocum’s route took him into the Indian Ocean with stops at Keeling Cocos Islands, Mauritius, and a couple of places in what is now South Africa. Then moving around Cape Horn back into the Atlantic, he stopped at St. Helena and Ascension Islands, sailed up the coast of South America into the Caribbean Sea—while the Spanish-American War in Cuba was going on, and finally arrived in Newport, RI, on June 27, 1898. The story first appeared in serial form in Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, a popular periodical published in New York. It tells of the perils of ocean sailing such as fog, gales, danger of collision, loneliness, doldrums, navigation, fatigue, and gear failure. There were also the dangers of coastal navigation including pirates, embankment, shoals, coral reefs, stranding, shipwreck, and attack by savages. For example, in Tierra del Fuego he was warned that he might be attacked by the Yahgan Indians in the night, so he sprinkled thumbtacks on the deck, and was awakened in the middle of the night by yelps of pain. What makes the feats of both sailing around the world alone and then writing about it so amazing is that Slocum attended school for only three years. However, having been at sea since he was sixteen and sailed a variety of vessels to most of the world’s major ports, he brought with him a wealth of nautical experience. There are a few mentions of drinking wine or other alcoholic beverages, but nothing else objectionable, and Slocum makes many references to God as the Maker and his protector. The style of writing would make it of interest mainly to teens and adults. But there is a lot of fascinating reading. I saw where years ago an edition of the book was used as a geography text for children in schools. Barnes and Noble was having a buy-two-get-one-free-sale on their own books. I picked up The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and then noticed Sailing Alone Around the World for my free one. I’d never heard of it before, but I’m glad I found it. In November of 1909, Slocum set sail from Martha’s Vineyard in the Spray and was never heard from again, believed to have been lost at sea.
Date published: 2013-01-28

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Sailing Alone Around The World

by Joshua Slocum
Foreword by Thomas Philbrick
Editor Thomas Philbrick

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: June 14, 1999

Publisher: Penguin Classics

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140437363

ISBN - 13: 9780140437362

Table of Contents

Sailing Alone Around The World List of Illustrations Introduction by Thomas Philbrick Suggestions for Further Reading A Note on the Text and Illustrations Sailing Alone around the World Chapter I A blue-nose ancestry with Yankee proclivities Youthful fondness for the sea Master of the ship Norhtern Light Loss of the Aquidneck Return home from Brazil in the canoe Liberdale The gift of a "ship" The rebuilding of the Spray Conundrums in regard to finance and calking The launching of the Spray Chapter II Failure as a fisherman A voyage around the world projected From Boston to Gloucester Fitting out for the ocean voyage Half of a dory for a ship''s boat The run from Gloucester to Nova Scotia A shaking up in home waters Among old friends Chapter III Good-by to the American coast Off Sable Island in a fog In the open sea The man in the moon takes an interest in the voyage The first fit of loneliness The Spray encounters La Vaguisa A bottle of wine from the Spaniard A bout of words with the captain of the Java The steamship Olympia spoken Arrival at the Azores Chapter IV Squally weather in the Azores High living Delirious from cheese and plums The pilot of the Pinta At Gibraltar Compliments exchanged with the British navy A picnic on the Morocco shore Chapter V Sailing from Gibraltar with assistance of her Majesty''s tug The Spray''s course changed from the Suez Canal to Cape Horn Chased by a Moorish pirate A comparison with Columbus The Canary Islands The Cape Verde Islands Sea lif
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From the Publisher

The classic travel narrative of a Don Quixote-of-the-seas – the first man to circumnavigate the world singlehandedly.

Joshua Slocum’s autobiographical account of his solo trip around the world is one of the most remarkable – and entertaining – travel narratives of all time. Setting off alone from Boston aboard the thirty-six-foot wooden sloop Spray in April 1895, Captain Slocum went on to join the ranks of the world’s great circumnavigators – Magellan, Drake, and Cook. But by circling the globe without crew or consorts, Slocum would outdo them all: his three-year solo voyage of more than 46,000 miles remains unmatched in maritime history for its courage, skill, and determination.

Sailing Alone around the World recounts Slocum’s wonderful adventures: hair-raising encounters with pirates off Gibraltar and savage Indians in Tierra del Fuego; raging tempests and treacherous coral reefs; flying fish for breakfast in the Pacific; and a hilarious visit with fellow explorer Henry Stanley in South Africa. A century later, Slocum’s incomparable book endures as one of the greatest narratives of adventure ever written.

About the Author

Thomas Philbrick is professor emeritus of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

From Our Editors

In April of 1895 Joshua Slocum set out on a remarkable journey, leaving Boston in a 36-foot sloop to travel the world. First sailing across the Atlantic to Gibraltar, he changed his mind and turned around, re-crossing the ocean and headed to Brazil. His epic journey is chronicled here in Sailing Alone Around the World, a voyage undertaken in a friend's sloop the Spray, a vessel nearly as tired and dilapidated as the author. By rebuilding the boat, Slocum rebuilt his life. Sailing her was more than a mere journey, it was a way of salvaging himself, of discovering his own capabilities and limitations. This is a classic and profound journey!

 

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