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Sailing Alone Around the World (Great Classic Series)
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"A classic book. . . . Slocum's writing is as elegant as his thirty-seven-foot sloop, Spray, whose crossing of the Atlantic he describes vividly."— The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In 1895 sailing for pleasure on long ocean passages was almost unknown. Such passages were the province of fully-crewed ships. When the owners of the schooner America wanted to race her in England, they crossed by steamer and left to professionals the task of sailing the vessel across the Atlantic. When the owners of the 54-foot sloop Alice, built in New Hampshire in 1866, wanted to cruise her in Europe, they hired Capt. Arthur Clark to sail the boat across, with a crew of three professionals, a steward, and two young amateur yachtsmen. Merchant ships invariably hailed her as a vessel in distress, assuming such a small yacht could only be so far at sea through misadventure.
Slocum sailed out of Boston, Mass., April 24, 1895, alone on a 37-foot oyster sloop he had rebuilt from a hulk, with the intention of sailing alone around the world. The enterprise seemed foolish. But Slocum was a life-long mariner, had once owned his own ship, and had been tried for murder after shooting two mutineers who came at him with knives. He'd been shipwrecked on the coast of Brazil with his family, built a sampan with a junk rig, and sailed it back to the U.S. His boat, the Spray, was not ideal for the journey. An oyster boat has to be shallow, and such boats can be capsized.Read more ›
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This is a classic story, so entertainingly written by Captain Slocum himself of as heroic an accomplishment as Sir Edmund Hillory's first assent of Mt. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David N. Hatch
This is a book for sailors or wannabe sailors. If you have read about others sailing around the world alone, you must read this. This is the first guy that did it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Charles Campbell
It takes a few chapters to get use to some old english writing but his depictions and stories are very well toldPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
The condition of the book and the speed at which it was shipped were mind-boggling in a society of over-promised and under-delivered products. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Marcus L. Roberson
One of the best books on adventure and courage I have ever read. I frequently give this as a gift to clients in leadership positions. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kevin
got book in good shape have read the book, enjoyed the book, have read the book before I checked it out at libraryPublished 22 months ago by Thomas F. Brannon
This was a very fun read. I love reading narratives and stories involving history and this was the prefect book. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by K.R.