Sailing Alone Around the World

Sailing Alone Around the World

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New impression
  • 0486203263
  • 9780486203263
  • 44,537

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For 20 years tough, resourceful, sailing skipper Slocum navigated the oceans of the world, owned ships, built ships, survived mutiny and shipwrecks, until a last ill-fated voyage on which his crew were decimated by smallpox and his ship, with all his wealth, was lost on a South American sand bar. Back home, with no ship and little money a friend, perhaps as a joke, offered Slocum a ship. He found her in a field, half rotten, with gaps in her decks and grass growing through the hull. On her transom, in peeling paint, could just be read the name Spray. It is the story of this ship, how he rebuilt her and in 1895 became the first man to voyage singlehanded around the world that is told in this book. The final sentence: 'The days passed happily with me wherever my ship sailed' epitomizes the genial good humour with which the many adventures on land and sea are recounted. This is the special quality that brings readers back to enjoy Slocum's book again and again. (Kirkus UK)show more

Table of contents

CHAPTER I   A blue-nose ancestry with Yankee proclivities   Youthful fondness for the sea   Master of the ship Nothern Light   Loss of the Aquidneck   Return home from Brazil in the canoe Liberdade   "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   Amoung 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 the 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 life   Arrival at Pernambuco   A bill against the Brazilian Government   Preparing for the stormy weather of the cape CHAPTER VI   Departure from Rio de Janeiro   The Spray ashore on the sands of Uruguay   A narrow escape from shipwreck   The boy who found a sloop   The Spray floated but somewhat damaged   Courtesies from the British consul at Maldonado   A warm greeting at Montevideo   An excursion to Buenos Aires   Shortening the Mast and bowsprit CHAPTER VII   Weighing anchor at Buenos Aires   An outburst of emotion at the mouth of the Plate   Submerged by a great wave   A stormy entrance to the strait   Captain Samblich's happy gift of a bag of carpet-tacks   Off Cape Froward   Chased by Indians from Fortescue Bay   "A miss-shot for "Black Pedro"   Taking in supplies of wood and water at Three Island Cove   Animal life CHAPTER VIII   From Cape Pillar to the Pacific   Driven by a tempest toward Cape Horn   Captain Slocum's greatest sea adventure   Reaching the strait again by way of Cockburn Channel   Some savages find the carpet-tacks   Danger from firebrands   A series of fierce williwaws   Again sailing westward CHAPTER IX   Repairing the Spray's sails   Savages and an obstreperous anchor   A spider flight   An encounter with Black Pedro   A visit to the steamship Colombia   On the defensive against a fleet of canoes   A record of voyages through the strait   A chance cargo of tallow CHAPTER X   Running to Port Angosto in a snow-storm   A defective sheet-rope places the Spray in peril   The Spray as a target for a Fuegian arrow   The island of Alan Erric   Again in the open Pacific   The run to the island of Juan Fernandez   An absentee king   At Robinson Crusoe's achorage CHAPTER XI   The islanders of Juan Fernandez entertained with Yankee doughnuts   The beauties of Robinson Crusoe's realm   The mountain monument to Alexander Selkirk   Robinson Crusoe's cave   A stroll with the children of the island   Westward ho! with a friendly gale   A month's free sailing with the Southern Cross and the sun for guides   Sighting the Marquesas   Experience in reckoning CHAPTER XII   Seventy-two days without a port   Whales and birds   A peep into the Spray's galley   Flying-fish for breakfast   A welcome at Apia   A visit from Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson   At Vailma   Samoan hospitality   Arrested for fast riding   An amusing merry-go-round   Teachers and pupils of Papauta College   At the mercy of sea-nymphs CHAPTER XIII   Samoan royalty   King Malietoa   Good-by to friends at Vailima   Leaving Fiji to the south   "Arrival at Newcastle, Australia"   The yachts of Sydney   A ducking on the Spray   Commodore Foy presents the sloop with a new suit of sails   On to Melbourne   A shark that proved to be valuable   A change of course   "The "Rain of Blood"   In Tasmania CHAPTER XIV   A testimonial from a lady   Cruising round Tasmania   The skipper delivers his first lecture on the voyage   Abundant provisions   An inspection of the Spray for safety at Devonport   Again at sydney   Northward bound for Torres Strait   An amateur shipwreck   Friends on the Australian coast   Perils of a coral sea CHAPTER XV   "Arrival at Port Denison, Queensland"   A lecture   Reminiscences of Captain Cook   Lecturing for charity at Cooktown   A happy escape from a coral reef   "Home Island, Sunday Island, Bird Island"   An American pearl-fisherman   Jubilee at Thursday Island   A new ensign for the Spray   Booby Island   Across the Indian Ocean   Christmas Island CHAPTER XVI   A call for careful navigation   Three hours' steering in twenty-three days   Arrival at the Kelling Cocos Islands   A curious chapter of social history   A welcome from the children of the islands   Cleaning and painting the Spray on the beach   A Mohammedan blessing for a pot of jam   Keeling as a paradise   A risky adventure in a small boat   Away to Rodiguez   Taken for Antichrist   The govener calms the fears of the people   A lecture   A convent in the hills CHAPTER XVII   A clean bill of health at Mauritus   Sailing the voyage over again in the opera-house   A newly discovered plant named in honor of the Spray's skipper   A party of young ladies out for a sail   A bivouac on deck   A warm reception at Durban   A friendly cross-examination by Henry M. Stanley   Three wise Boers seek proof of the flatness of the earth   Leaving South Africa CHAPTER XVIII   "Rounding the "Cape of Storms" in olden time"   A rough Christmas   The Spray ties up for three months' rest at Cape Town   A railway trip to the Transvaal   President Kruger's odd definition of the Spray's voyage   His terse sayings   Distinguished guests on the Spray   Cocoanut fiber as a padlock   Courtesies from the admiral of the Queen's navy   Off for St. Helena   Land in sight CHAPTER XIX   In the isle of Napoleon's exile   Two lectures   A guest in the ghost-room at Plantation House   An excursion to historic Longwood   "Coffee in the husk, and a goat to shell it"   The Spray's ill luck with animals   A prejudice against small dogs   "A rat, the Boston spider, and the cannibal cricket"   Ascension Island CHAPTER XX   "In the favoring current off Cape St. Roque,Brazil"   All at sea regarding the Spanish-American war<   The light on Trinidad   A charming introduction to Grenada   Talks to friendly auditors CHAPTER XXI   Clearing for home   In the calm belt   A sea covered with sargasso   The jibstay parts in a gale   Welcomed by a tornado off Fire Island   A change of plan   Arrival at Newport   End of a cruise of over forty-six thousand miles   The Spray again at Fairhaven APPENDIX   "LINES AND SAIL-PLAN OF THE "SPRAY"     Her pedigree so far as known     The lines of the Spray     Her self-steering qualities     Sail-plan and steering-gear     An unprecedented feat     A final word of cheer to would-be navigatorsshow more

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