Sailing Alone Around the World (Paperback)

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Joshua Slocum was the first person to sail single-handed around the world. Unlike today's solo around the world sailors Slocum was not a yachtsman, but had been variously skipper and owner-skipper of large sailing trading ships that plied the oceans of the world. His voyages included many across the Atlantic Ocean and several to the Pacific, including trading ventures to China, Japan and the Pacific Islands. Slocum was also different from modern day around the world sailors in that he made his around the world voyage near the end of his sailing career, at the age of fifty five. Slocum's father was a farmer in the maritime province of Nova Scotia which was one of the leading sailing and ship-building centers of the world in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Slocum was one of eleven children, was born on the Bay of Fundy, spent only two years in school and gained all his sailing and boat building skills on the job. When he was twenty-five Slocum was offered command of an American coasting schooner. His next command took him to Australia where he met and married his first wife. Slocum's boat during his around the world voyage was the Spray, which had previously been an oysterman on Chesapeake Bay, and was completely rebuilt by Slocum. Although in keeping with tradition the name of the boat was preserved, the boat was deliberately rebuilt with different characteristics by Slocum. For example, he increased the freeboard particularly at the bow and stern in preparation for his ocean-going venture. The Spray was thirty-six feet nine inches long, had a beam of fourteen feet and a draft of four feet two inches, and weighed nine tons. She had a full-length wooden keel which was about one foot deep at the bow and about three feet deep at the stern. Slocum tells of the Spray's ability to sail a constant course with the wheel lashed when about two points off the wind for days on end. During his around the world voyage he was introduced to many dignitaries in many countries. In South Africa Slocum made the mistake of telling the President of the Transvaal Paul Kruger that he was sailing "around" the world. Kruger corrected him saying that he meant sailing "on" the world, because Kruger believed the world was flat. The book is fascinating to read and has appeal for anyone interested in the history of sailing and of life at the turn on the nineteenth century.

About the Author

Joshua Slocum (1844-1909) was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. He was a Canadian born, naturalised American seaman and adventurer, and a noted writer.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781494860431
ISBN-10: 1494860430
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: January 1st, 2014
Pages: 184
Language: English