Joshua Slocum is believed to be the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. After a distinguished nautical career, during which he worked his way up from cabin boy to captain, Slocum wrecked his ship off the coast of Brazil. Turning this catastrophe to his advantage, he built a sailing canoe from the wreckage and sailed back to New York. Moreover, he wrote Voyage of the Liberdade, a chronicle of his trip, and earned some literary success. This spurred him to attempt his perilous voyage.
Having lost his fortune in the shipwreck, Slocum began his voyage on a shoestring. He was given the Spray, a century-old oysterboat in need of repairs. Two years and $500 later, he had rebuilt the wreck into an oceangoing wonder.
On his 40,000-mile, three-year voyage, Slocum visited six of the seven continents, where he met cannibals, presidents, outlaws, and ambassadors. Amazingly, throughout his travels he lived off the land, fishing, trading, and giving lectures to keep his pantry full. He also met some remarkable people, including Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson and Paul Kruger, who, believing the world was flat, warned Slocum not to fall off! This adventure will captivate sailors and landlubbers alike.
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A true classic
A real gem. A yarn from a time of true humanity and Captain Slocum would now be one of my favourite all time dinner guests. Well written and narrated.
In a time of sensationalism and shock this book would be a worthy addition to any literary course as it would show that you do not need to be offensive to command respect.
Lovely phrases and nostalgic words make this something I will treasure and listen to when I need grounded and reminded what can be achieved by being humble.
The spray is like a living, breathing soul and sounds like a wonderful companion to Captain Slocum during his well taken voyage.
The saltiest of sea stories
An exceptional story. Well told. Good value. Listen out for the narrators cat in the first few chapters.