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Sailing Alone around the World (Penguin Classics) by Joshua Slocum

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By Joshua Slocum

The vintage go back and forth narrative of a Don Quixote-of-the-seas – the 1st guy to circumnavigate the realm singlehandedly.

Joshua Slocum’s autobiographical account of his solo journey worldwide is among the so much extraordinary – and interesting – trip narratives of all time. atmosphere off by myself from Boston aboard the thirty-six-foot wood sloop Spray in April 1895, Captain Slocum went directly to sign up for the ranks of the world’s nice circumnavigators – Magellan, Drake, and prepare dinner. yet by means of circling the globe with out staff or consorts, Slocum might outdo all of them: his three-year solo voyage of greater than 46,000 miles continues to be unrivaled in maritime heritage for its braveness, ability, and determination.

Sailing on my own round the World recounts Slocum’s excellent 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 within the Pacific; and a hilarious stopover at with fellow explorer Henry Stanley in South Africa. A century later, Slocum’s incomparable ebook endures as one of many maximum narratives of experience ever written.

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