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Sailing Alone Around the World

Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
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Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail around the world alone in a small boat. He personally rebuilt an 11.2 metre sloop-rigged fishing boat that he named the Spray. On April 24, 1895, he set sail from Boston, Massachusetts. More than three years later, he returned to Newport, Rhode Island, on June 27, 1898 having circumnavigated the world, a distance of 46,000 miles (74,000 km).

In 1899 he described the voyage in Sailing Alone Around the World now considered a classic of travel literature. It is a wonderful adventure story from the Age of Sail and a book of which Arthur Ransome declared, “boys who do not like this book ought to be drowned at once.”
(Summary by Alan Chant and Wikipedia)

First Page:


[Illustration: The "Spray" from a photograph taken in Australian waters.]


By Captain Joshua Slocum






A blue nose ancestry with Yankee proclivities Youthful fondness for the sea Master of the ship Northern 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 .


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 Among old friends.


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... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - August 25, 2014
Subject: Sailing alone around the world
Wow! Very well done!
Reviewer: - March 27, 2014
Alan Chant did a wonderful job of reading this book. Probably the most enjoyable audio book I have listened to.
Reviewer: - November 13, 2013
Subject: Awesome sailing story!
I am a sailor, and this book is inspiring. Slocum mixes the daily log with an entertaining and historic account of his journey. Wonderfully read.
Reviewer: - September 7, 2013
Subject: Beautiful and Nostalgic
Awesome. Such a beautiful story. I hope everyone reads this book.
Reviewer: - September 2, 2013
Subject: An impressive adventure!
It's wonderful how life beats fiction. Very well read too, highly recommended!
Reviewer: - March 4, 2013
Subject: nice story
Well read, very enjoyable read. I'm a sailor who sails on a small lake in Mississippi.... it was fun hearing some nautical terms.
Reviewer: - April 17, 2008
Subject: A Nautical Delight!
Well told true tale...chock full of vignettes from a bygone era.Entertaining every word.It's sad to hear how many things the author describes that are no more.Very well read too.
Reviewer: - March 17, 2008
Subject: What an adventure
Nova Scotia born, with family roots in New England, Captain Slocum commanded some of the finest tall ships that ever sailed the seas. On April 24, 1895, at the age of 51, he departed Boston in his tiny sloop Spray and sailed around the world single−handed, a passage of 46,000 miles, returning to Newport, Rhode Island on June 27, 1898. This historic achievement made him the patron saint of small−boat voyagers, navigators and adventurers all over the world. Many thanks, Mr Chant, for your wonderful reading. Highly recommended!
Reviewer: - December 12, 2007
Subject: Exquisitely read!
Alan Chant brings this book to life in such a way that I believe it would fetch a warm smile from Joshua Slocum himself. Sit back and let this reading provide a warm respite.
Reviewer: - November 4, 2007
Subject: Very fine reading
Well done Alan! This is an excellent reading of a little known true−life gem. A wonderful sea story. (The BookWorm, Manchester, UK)

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