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Alone at Sea: The Adventures of Joshua Slocum By Ann Spencer,

  • Title: Alone at Sea: The Adventures of Joshua Slocum
  • Author: Ann Spencer
  • ISBN: 9781552093948
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback
  • I had only a moment to get all sail down and myself upon the peak halliards, out of danger, when I saw the mighty crest towering masthead high above me The mountain of water submerged my vessel She shook in every timber and reeled under the weight of the sea What would it be like to sail around the world by yourself, especially without the telecommunications and te I had only a moment to get all sail down and myself upon the peak halliards, out of danger, when I saw the mighty crest towering masthead high above me The mountain of water submerged my vessel She shook in every timber and reeled under the weight of the sea What would it be like to sail around the world by yourself, especially without the telecommunications and technical equipment we have today Alone At Sea takes readers on such a thrilling journey.In 1895, Joshua Slocum embarked on a three year, 46,000 mile solo circumnavigation of the globe His boat, a refitted oyster sloop called Spray, took him through pirate infested waters and horrific storms amidst the ghosts and demons of 36 months of solitude Alone At Sea is his story On his first solo day, Slocum found himself enveloped by fog so thick one could almost stand on it It was as if his loneliness had been made visible as the thick fog lowered over the sea like a pall He and the Spray were one small speck on an all encompassing sea, invisible to the rest of the world Slocum pondered his invisibility with a growing awareness of his insignificance in the universe In the dismal fog I felt myself drifting into loneliness, an insect on a straw in the midst of the elements This is the first original full scale biography of Joshua Slocum in over 40 years Ann Spencer spent years poring over the sailor s own journals and historical records buried in libraries and archives throughout New England and the Maritimes She uncovered new facts, documents and photographs now published here With Spencer s engaging text and peppered with Slocum s own journal entries, Alone At Sea is captivating reading for anyone interested in sailing, nautical history, travel and the soul of a true adventurer Heroes come rarely in real life and this is the story of a too little known maritime hero.
    Alone at Sea The Adventures of Joshua Slocum I had only a moment to get all sail down and myself upon the peak halliards out of danger when I saw the mighty crest towering masthead high above me The mountain of water submerged my vessel She sh

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    1. After living vicariously via my friend Melinda s adventure with young solo circumnavigator Zac Sunderland and subsequently reading her review of Dove, I was surprised to find in one of my reading baskets Alone at Sea The Adventures of Joshua Slocum Joshua Slocum is considered the first man to sail solo around the globe He lived an amazing and interesting life but fascinating than he, I found his wife to be Virginia Albertina Walker Slocum was practically inseparable from her husband, the true l [...]

    2. 4 stars may be a tad high but Sailing Alone Around the World was such an impressive book that Ann Spencer s book on Captain Slocum could only benefit by the reflected light The Slocum story has a tragic aspect the decline of both The Spray and the Captain especially of Joshua s failing mental capacity it s the journey not the destination was never true it seemed there was no destination for the old salt other than the sea itself.

    3. A very good addition to the story of Joshua Slocum Well documented and researched You feel the impact of Slocum s long periods at sea and away from family, both on Slocum and on his wife and children Clearly he was driven by forces most of us don t feel I recommend it for anyone who has read Slocum s own story.

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