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Sailing Alone Around the World (Great Classic Series)

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ISBN-13: 978-8132030690
ISBN-10: 8132030699
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"One of the most readable books in the whole library of adventure."— Sports Illustrated

"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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Captain Joshua Slocum (1844–1909) was the first person to circle the globe alone entirely by sea. On April 24, 1895, he departed Boston in his 37-foot sloop, Spray, and sailed around the world, returning to Newport, Rhode Island, on June 27, 1898. This remarkable achievement made Slocum the most famous North American sailor of all time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Great Classic Series
  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd. (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8132030699
  • ISBN-13: 978-8132030690
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.3 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,750,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. Corson on December 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It is awesome to read what Joshua Slocum did. His achievement should be celebrated forever. His writing style is not particularly good but the content of the story is unique. All cruising sailors should read this book. Slocum clearly was an outstanding navigator and all around sailor. The section of the book on his adventures going around Cape Horn dealing with the weather, currents, and natives is particularly exciting. This is a story waiting for a Hollywood movie or, even better, a long running TV series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Sagues on June 15, 2008
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In today's era of stainless steel, Dacron and electronics, we can lose sight of what real sailing is. This is a readable story of the first person to sail alone around the world. Using a one dollar wind-up clock and a ton of skill, this old sailor circumnavigates the globe and spins some yarns that take us away from the world of new technology to a simpler time. A great read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. SAILOR on December 10, 2006
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A must read for everyone. Truly one of the great classics on sailing single handed around the world. And this was during the turn of the last century. Hearing about the ports and native people over 100 years ago, is living history. A must for every sailors library. One of the all time bests. If you pick one book to read about sailing, start here. People will be reading this for a thousand years. Our American Ulyses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John M. Watkins on July 27, 2010
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The sea and inland waters have given us some great writers. Joseph Conrad was a sea captain, James Fenimore Cooper a naval lieutenant, Mark Twain a Mississippi River pilot, Herman Melville was an able-bodied seaman on whalers and a Naval frigate, Frederick Marryat a midshipman at Trafalgar and a captain when he wrote his first book. Joshua Slocum belongs among them for his writing ability, though he produced only two books, and only one is famous.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bladerunner on December 1, 2012
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To fully enjoy this book you need maps of the voyage and the current "reprint" doesn't have them . The book itself is very readable and interesting but make sure you get a copy with maps of the voyage in it.
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It is difficult to image the rigors Slocum went through when he made his epic voyage over 110 years ago. Those were the days when seamen were seamen, resourceful, brave, adventurous, tough. Sure we have very capable modern day seamen and women with those attributes but these days it's GPS, radio, Internet access, satellite phones, satellite based weather reports of upcoming storms...none of that in Slocum's days. No wild natives these days as Slocum encountered in the channels around Cape Horn. He was the first man to sail solo around the world and what a story it is. Great read although his style is a bit rough. Recommended reading.
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This book is an absolute must read. It was written by Jushua Slocum, the first man to circumnavigate the globe solo. He details some of the nautical aspects of the boat, sailing, weather, etc but spends as equal amount of time talking about the people and cultures he meets along the way, the troubles he faces and solutions to them. If you like sailing, or just adventure books in general this is one book you'll read more than once.
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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. Everest or Captain Bird's first conquest of the South Pole. Even more so as Captain Slocum accomplished his task completely alone. I reread this book every few years and each time I do so I appreciate it more. I buy this book for friends! I heartily recommend it.
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