Sailing Alone Around the World (Paperback)
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Short Description for Sailing Alone Around the World Classic of sea adventure conveys all the excitement of being the first man to sail around the world, alone, in a small boat. One of the great feats of seamanship told in a delightful manner. 67 illustrations.
- Published: 01 January 1969
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780486203263 ISBN 10: 0486203263
- Sales rank: 47,371
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Full description for Sailing Alone Around the World
The classic travel narrative of a Don Quixote-of-the-seas-the first person to circumnavigate the world singlehandedly. First published in 1900, 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 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 Henry ("Dr. Livingstone, I presume?") Stanley in South Africa. A century later, Slocum's incomparable book endures as one of the greatest narratives of adventure ever written.