Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. He was a Nova Scotian-born, naturalised American seaman and adventurer, and a noted writer. In he wrote a book about his journey; Sailing Alone Around the World. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum. Book Cover. Sailing Alone Around the World [Joshua Slocum] on aracer.mobi *FREE* — Travel World One of the most readable books in the whole library of adventure.
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He went to sea at age 16 and became an American citizen in and Captain Slocum at age He married Virginia Walker in Australia and sailed with her and their family aboard large merchant craft and square-rigged ships in the Pacific. In he assumed command of the Northern Light , a beautiful tall-masted ship but not the clipper ship of that name, as the days of the American clipper ships was over. Joshua never fully recovered from Virginia's death in , although, lonely, he married a first cousin, Hettie, in In a few years, the days of sailing ships ended and Slocum was essentially without a berth in a day of new technology.
His first book is the story of a shipwreck in South America, whereupon Slocum built a foot junk-rigged craft and sailed home with his wife and children.
It was the last voyage for Hettie. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Glad this was a short book non-fiction "novella" as it were , as I never got used to the author's rather verbose, corny style.
I suppose it may well be the way Victorian sea captains spoke, and I assumed that the narrator faithfully reproduced that effect, but the result just wasn't for me; had this been a full-length work, I doubt I'd have finished it. Mar 14, T. I read this for the descriptions of the places to visit as Slocum began in Brazil and sailed to the US, but it is much more a log of the sail which was very interesting in itself.
I marvel at what his little family accomplished in a small boat and I was not surprised that it was the last time his 2nd wife sailed with him! I'm much happier read about this voyage, than attempting it. First aboard the Aquidneck and then later the Liberdade and journeying from New York to Uruguay to Rio, Slocum and his crew battle harsh weather, sickness, and murder as they ply their trade.
This is a real-life adventure written by one of America's premier seamen w His first book describing his adventures at sea, Voyage of the Liberdade follows the early adventures on the high seas of American sailor JOSHUA SLOCUM , who would later become the first man to sail alone around the world.
This is a real-life adventure written by one of America's premier seamen will enthrall anyone interested in history, adventure, and sailing. Aug 01, Calbraith rated it really liked it. I was surprised by how easy this was to read.
Written in by a man that made his living as a seaman. His writing flows really well; A good story teller that grabs and keeps your interest. A fun and often exciting read. Surprising for a 'travel journal' from years ago. I would have loved to have read candid foreword written by his wife or kids who traveled in his 'canoe' with him.
Would have been interesting to hear her opinion of the voyage. May 28, Lucy rated it it was amazing.
Not quite as well-constructed a book as 'Sailing Alone Around the World', but with the added joy of wondering what on earth his wife was really thinking as this maniac sailed his way up the Americas. I can't believe I've lived this long without knowing about Joshua Slocum.
Jan 30, Karin rated it liked it Shelves: I can't help but wonder how this book would have turned out if Slocum's wife wrote it, or either of his sons. I'm sure it would have been written very differently. View 2 comments. A few days into Henrietta's first voyage, the Aquidneck sailed through a hurricane. By the end of this first year, the crew had contracted cholera , and they were quarantined for six months. Next, the Aquidneck was infected with smallpox , leading to the death of three of the crew.
Disinfecting of the ship was performed at considerable cost. Shortly afterward, near the end of , the unlucky Aquidneck was wrecked in southern Brazil. After being stranded in Brazil with his wife and sons Garfield and Victor, he started building a boat that could sail them home. He used local materials, salvaged materials from the Aquidneck and worked with local workers. The boat was launched on May 13, , the very day slavery was abolished in Brazil , and therefore the ship was given the Portuguese name Liberdade.
After fifty-five days at sea and miles,  the Slocums reached Cape Roman, South Carolina  and continued inland to Washington D. In , Slocum published the accounts of these adventures in Voyage of the Liberdade.
Destroyer was a ship feet in length, conceived by the Swedish-American inventor and mechanical engineer John Ericsson , and intended for the defence of harbours and coastal waters. Equipped in the early s with sloping armour plate and a bow-mounted submarine gun it was an evolution of the Monitor warship type of the American Civil War. Destroyer was intended to fire an early form of torpedo at an opposing ship from a range of feet, and was a "vessel of war partially armored to attack bows-on at short range".
Despite the loss of the Aquidneck and the privations of his family's voyage in the self-built Liberdade , Slocum retained a fondness for Brazil.
During , Brazil was faced with a political crisis in Rio Grande do Sul and an attempt at civil war that was intensified by the revolt of the country's navy in September.
Slocum agreed to a request by the Brazilian government to deliver the Destroyer to Pernambuco, Brazil. His motive was also financial. As Slocum describes, his contract with the commander of government forces at Pernambuco was, "to go against the rebel fleet, and sink them all, if we could find them — big and little — for a handsome sum of gold …" In addition, Slocum saw the possibility of getting even with the "arch rebel" Admiral Melo whom he writes as "Mello": I was burning to get a rake at Mello and his Aquideban.
He it was, who in that ship expelled my bark, the Aquidneck , from lIha Grand some years ago, under the cowardly pretext that we might have sickness on board.
But that story has been told.
I was burning to let him know and palpably feel that this time I had in dynamite instead of hay". The following day the ship was already taking on water: The ship's top seams are opening and one of the new sponsons, the starboard one, is already waterlogged".
Despite all hands pumping and bailing, by midnight the seas were extinguishing the fires in the boilers which were kept alight only by throwing on rounds of pork fat and tables and chairs from the vessel. With a storm continuing to blow on the 9th, the crew was able to lower the level of water in the hold and plug some of the holes and leaks.
Bailing out water using a large improvised canvas bag continued from the 9th to the 13th and succeeded in maintaining the level of water in the hold below three feet. On the 13th they were again hit by a storm and cross seas and had to bail all night. On the 14th, heavy seas disabled the rudder. By the afternoon of 15 December, the Destroyer was to the southwest of Puerto Rico, heading for Martinique, and still weathering storms.
By this time, with the fires in the boilers extinguished, all hands were bailing for their lives: The crew had no other option than to keep bailing and try to keep the ship afloat, as the vessel "could not be insured for the voyage; nor would any company insure a life on board".
By the morning of the 16th the storm had abated, allowing the Destroyer to anchor to the south of Puerto Rico. Although the ship's best steam pump had been put out of action on 19 December, more favourable seas allowed the crew to reach Martinique, where repairs were made before again setting sail on 5 January On 18 January the Destroyer arrived at Fernando de Noronha, an island some miles from the coast of Brazil, before finally reaching Recife, Pernambuco, on the 20th.
Slocum wrote: At Pernambuco, the Destroyer joined up with the Brazilian navy and the crew was again engaged in repairs as the long tow in heavy seaways had severed rivets at the bow, resulting in leaks. Wet powder led to a failed test firing of the submarine gun and the ship was grounded to remove the projectile.
But the strain of the swell led to a further leak. Following further repairs the Destroyer made for Bahia with replenishments of powder for the Brazilian fleet, arriving on 13 February. Once there, however, Admiral Goncalves of the Brazilian navy seized the ship. At the Arsenal at Bahia, an apparently incompetent alternative crew grounded the Destroyer on a rock in the basin.
The vessel was holed and subsequently abandoned. On April 24, , he set sail from Boston, Massachusetts. In his famous book, Sailing Alone Around the World ,  now considered a classic of travel literature , he described his departure in the following manner:. Slocum intended to sail eastward around the world, using the Suez Canal , but when he got to Gibraltar he realized that sailing through the southern Mediterranean would be too dangerous for a lone sailor because of the piracy that still went on there at that time.
So he decided to sail westward, in the southern hemisphere. He headed to Brazil, and then the Straits of Magellan. At that point he was unable to start across the Pacific for forty days because of a storm. Eventually he made his way to Australia, sailed north along the east coast, crossed the Indian Ocean, rounded the Cape of Good Hope , and then headed back to North America.
Slocum navigated without a chronometer , instead relying on the traditional method of dead reckoning for longitude, which required only a cheap tin clock for approximate time, and noon-sun sights for latitude. On one long passage in the Pacific, Slocum also famously shot a lunar distance observation, decades after these observations had ceased to be commonly employed, which allowed him to check his longitude independently.
However, Slocum's primary method for finding longitude was still dead reckoning; he recorded only one lunar observation during the entire circumnavigation.
Slocum normally sailed the Spray without touching the helm. Due to the length of the sail plan relative to the hull, and the long keel, the Spray was capable of self-steering unlike faster modern craft , and he balanced it stably on any course relative to the wind by adjusting or reefing the sails and by lashing the helm fast. Slocum's return went almost unnoticed. The Spanish—American War , which had begun two months earlier, dominated the headlines. After the end of major hostilities, many American newspapers published articles describing Slocum's amazing adventure.