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Alone at Sea: The Adventures of Joshua Slocum
by Ann Spencer
"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 ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Firefly Books
(first published July 1st 1998)
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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 more fascinating than he, I found his wife to be. Virginia Albertina Walker Slocum was practically inseparable from her husband, ...more
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 more true - it seemed there was no destination for the old salt other than the sea itself.
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.