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Sailing Alone Around the World (Penguin Classics)


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ISBN13: 9780140437362
ISBN10: 0140437363
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The classic travel narrative of a Don Quixote-of-the-seas – the first man to circumnavigate the world singlehandedly.

Joshua Slocums autobiographical account of his solo trip around the world is one of the most remarkable – and entertaining – travel narratives of all time. Setting off alone from Boston aboard the thirty-six-foot wooden sloop Spray in April 1895, Captain Slocum went on to join the ranks of the worlds great circumnavigators – Magellan, Drake, and Cook. But by circling the globe without crew or consorts, Slocum would outdo them all: his three-year solo voyage of more than 46,000 miles remains unmatched in maritime history for its courage, skill, and determination.

Sailing Alone around the World recounts Slocums wonderful adventures: hair-raising encounters with pirates off Gibraltar and savage Indians in Tierra del Fuego; raging tempests and treacherous coral reefs; flying fish for breakfast in the Pacific; and a hilarious visit with fellow explorer Henry Stanley in South Africa. A century later, Slocums incomparable book endures as one of the greatest narratives of adventure ever written.


First published in 1900, Joshua Slocum's autobiographical account of his solo trip around the world narrates his three-year solo voyage of more than 46,000 miles around the world.


Includes bibliographical references (p. xxxvii-xxxviii).

About the Author

Thomas Philbrick is professor emeritus of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents

Sailing Alone Around The World List of Illustrations

Introduction by Thomas Philbrick

Suggestions for Further Reading

A Note on the Text and Illustrations

Sailing Alone around the World

Chapter I A blue-nose ancestry with Yankee proclivities

Youthful fondness for the sea

Master of the ship Norhtern Light

Loss of the Aquidneck

Return home from Brazil in the canoe Liberdale

The gift of a "ship"

The rebuilding of the Spray

Conundrums in regard to finance and calking

The launching of the Spray

Chapter II

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

Chapter III

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

Chapter IV

Squally weather in the Azores

High living

Delirious from cheese and plums

The pilot of the Pinta

At Gibraltar

Compliments exchanged with the British navy

A picnic on the Morocco shore

Chapter V Sailing from Gibraltar with assistance of her Majesty's tug

The Spray's course changed from the Suez Canal to Cape Horn

Chased by a Moorish pirate

A comparison with Columbus

The Canary Islands

The Cape Verde Islands

Sea life

Arrival at Pernambuco

A bill against the Brazilian government

Preparing for the stormy weather of the cape

Chapter VI

Departure from Rio de Janeiro

The Spray ashore on the sands of Uruguay

A narrow escape from shipwreck

The boy who found a sloop

The Spray floated but somewhat damaged

Courtesies from the British consul at Maldonado

A warm greeting at Montevideo

An excursion to Buenos Aires

Shortening the mast and bowsprit

Chapter VII

Weighing anchor at Buenos Aires

An outburst of emotion at the mouth of the Plate

Submerged by a great wave

A stormy entrance to the strait

Captain Samblich's happy gift of a bag of carpet-tacks

Off Cape Froward

Chased by Indians from Fortescue Bay

A miss-shot for "Black Pedro"

Taking in supplies of wood and water at Three Island Cove

Animal life

Chapter VIII

From Cape Pillar into the Pacific

Driven by a tempest toward Cape Horn

Captain Slocum's greatest sea adventure

Reaching the strait again by way of Cockburn Channel

Some savages find the carpet-tacks

Danger from firebrands

A series of fierce williwaws

Again sailing westward

Chapter IX

Repairing the Spray's sails

Savages and an obstreperous anchor

A spider-fight

An encounter with Black Pedro

A visit to the steamship Colombia

On the defensive against a fleet of canoes

A record of voyages through the strait

A chance cargo of tallow

Chapter X

Running to Port Angosto in a snow-storm

A defective sheet-rope places the Spray in peril

The Spray as a target for a Fuegian arrow

The island of Alan Erric

Again in the open Pacific

The run to the island of Juan Fernandez

An absentee king

At Robinson Crusoe's anchorage

Chapter XI

The islanders of Juan Fernandez entertained with Yankee doughnuts

The beauties of Robinson Crusoe's realm

The mountain monument to Alexander Selkirk

Robinson Crusoe's cave

A stroll with the children of the island

Westward ho! with a friendly gale

A month's free sailing with the Southern Cross and the sun for guides

Sighting the Marquesas

Experience in reckoning

Chapter XII

Seventy-two days without a port

Whales and birds

A peep into the Spray's galley

Flying-fish for breakfast

A welcome at Apia

A visit from Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson

At Vailima

Samoan hospitality

Arrested for fast riding

An amusing merry-go-round

Teachers and pupils of Papauta College

At the mercy of sea-nymphs

Chapter XIII

Samoan royalty

King Malietoa

Good-bye to friends at Vailima

Leaving Fiji to the south

Arrival at Newcastle, Australia

The yachts of Sydney

A ducking on the Spray

Commodore Foy presents the sloop with a new suit of sails

On to Melbourne

A shark that proved to be valuable

A change of course

The "Rain of Blood"

In Tasmania

Chapter XIV

A testimonial from a lady

Cruising round Tasmania

The skipper delivers his first lecture on the voyage

Abundant provisions

An inspection of the Spray for safety at Devonport

Again at Sydney

Northward bound for Torres Strait

An amateur shipwreck

Friends on the Autralian coast

Perils of a coral sea

Chapter XV

Arrival at Port Denison, Queensland

A lecture

Reminiscences of Captain Cook

Lecturing for charity at Cooktown

A happy escape from a coral reef

Home Island, Sunday Island, Bird Island

An American pearl-fisherman

Jubilee at Thursday Island

A new ensign for the Spray

Booby Island

Across the Indian Ocean

Christmas Island

Chapter XVI

A call for careful navigation

Three hours' steering in twenty-three days

Arrival at the Keeling Cocos Islands

A curious chapter of social history

A welcome from the children of the islands

Cleaning and painting the Spray on the beach

A Mohammedan blessing for a pot of jam

Keeling as a paradise

A risky adventure in a small boat

Away to Rodriguez

Taken for Antichrist

The governor calms the fears of the people

A lecture

A convent in the hills

Chapter XVII

A clean bill of health at Mauritius

Sailing the voyage over again in the opera-house

A newly discovered plant named in honor of the Spray's skipper

A party of young ladies out for a sail

A bivouac on deck

A warm reception at Durban

A friendly cross-examination by Henry M. Stanley

Three wise Boers seek proof of the flatness of the earth

Leaving South Africa

Chapter XVIII

Rounding the "Cape of Storms" in olden time

A rough Christmas

The Spray ties up for a three months' rest at Cape Town

A railway trip to the Transvaal

President Kruger's odd definition of the Spray's voyage

His terse sayings

Distinguished guests on the Spray

Cocoanut fiber as a padlock

Courtesies from the admiral of the Queen's navy

Off for St. Helena

Land in sight

Chapter XIX

In the isle of Napoleon's exile

Two lectures

A guest in the ghost-room at Plantation House

An excursion to historic Longwood

Coffee in the husk, and a goat to shell it

The Spray's ill luck with animals

A prejudice against small dogs

A rat, the Boston spider, and the cannibal cricket

Ascension Island

Chapter XX

In the favoring current of Cape St. Roque, Brazil

All at sea regarding the Spanish-American war

An exchange of signals with the battle-ship Oregon

Off Dreyfus's prison on Devil's Island

Reappearance to the Spray of the north star

The light on Trinidad

A charming introduction to Grenada

Talks to friendly auditors

Chapter XXI

Clearing for home

In the calm belt

A sea covered with sargasso

The jibstay parts in a gale

Welcomed by a tornado off Fire Island

A change of plan

Arrival at Newport

End of a cruise of over forty-six thousand miles

The Spray again at Fairhaven


Lines and Sail-Plan of the "Spray"

Her pedigree so far as known

The lines of the Spray

Her self-steering qualities

Sail-plan and steering-gear

An unprecedented feat

A cheer to would-be navigators


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Jeffrey Hotson, April 7, 2007 (view all comments by Jeffrey Hotson)
This is a classic. Slocum is a man of great depth and at the same time simplicity. He's a genuine nice guy who does what needs to be done, but as a man who is comfortable with who he is and his place in the world and on the sea. He writes for the reader. He has humility and humor and yet a bold sense of adventure; a man's man. I was just chatting with a friend online in Buenos Aires, where Slocum briefly visited in this tale. I wondered how many men like Slocum there are these days when his polar opposite W, is at the helm. I'll remember this book as being a model for a person's life and as just a damn good read!
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Product Details

Slocum, Joshua
Varian, George
Philbrick, Thomas
Philbin, Tom
Philbrick, Thomas
Fogarty, Thomas
Penguin Books
New York :
Sailing - Narratives
Voyages around the world
Essays & Travelogues
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
b/w illustrations and maps throughout
7.87x5.11x.62 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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