If you like the sea, sailing, you can’t miss this literary gem. Joshua Slocum’s autobiographical account of his solo journey around the world is one of the most remarkable and entertaining travel narratives in Marine literature. Leaving Massachusetts alone aboard the thirty-six-foot wooden ship Spray in April 1895, Captain Slocum joined the ranks of the world’s great circumnavigators – Magellan, Drake and Cook. But in circumnavigating the globe unmanned, Slocum would surpass them all: his solo voyage of more than 46,000 miles, lasting three years, remains unequalled in maritime history for courage, modesty, skill and determination, coupled with very limited means, both technical and economic.

Sailing Alone around the World tells of Slocum’s wonderful adventures: hair-raising encounters with pirates in Gibraltar and Indian savages in Tierra del Fuego; horrific storms and treacherous coral reefs; flying fish for breakfast in the Pacific; and a hilarious visit with famed explorer Henry Stanley in South Africa. A century later, Slocum’s incomparable book endures as one of the greatest adventure narratives ever written. You will not be disappointed. It is not only a seafaring novel, but a wonderful lesson in many human aspects. An example for many.


The Spray sailboat. Source Wikipedia

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