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Sailing alone around the world 38 editions

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About the Book

Joshua Slocum, one of the most famous of American sea captains, really was the first to single-handedly circumnavigate the world. The epitome of Yankee independence, he had risen from a seaman to the captain of his own ship. Marooned in Brazil, he built a "canoe" in which he returned to America (see The Voyage of the Liberdade). At loose ends at fifty-one, he was offered an old oyster boat which he rebuilt into the 37' Spray and in 1895 he took off from Boston for the Straits of Gibraltar. He is a captivating writer as well; observant, humorous, and evocative: "For, one day, well off the Patagonian coast, while the sloop was reaching under short sail, a tremendous wave, the culmination, it seemed, of many waves, rolled down upon her in a storm, roaring as it came. I had only a moment to get all sail down and myself up on 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, but rose quickly out of it, and rode grandly over the rollers that followed. It may have been a minute that from my hold in the rigging I could see no part of the Spray's hull. Perhaps it was even less time than that, but it seemed a long while, for under great excitement one lives fast, and in a few seconds one may think a great deal of one's past life."He met determined pirates in Tierra del Fuego:"I was not for letting on that I was alone, and so I stepped into the cabin, and, passing through the hold, came out at the fore-scuttle, changing my clothes as I went along. That made two men. Then the piece of bowsprit which I had sawed off at Buenos Aires, and which I had still on board, I arranged forward on the lookout, dressed as a seaman, attaching a line by which I could pull it into motion. That made three of us..."In Africa he met the explorer Henry Stanley:"Mr. Stanley was a nautical man once himself, - on the Nyanza, I think, - and of course my desire was to appear in the best light before a man of his experience. He looked me over carefully, and said, "'What an example of patience!'"'Patience is all that is required,' I ventured to reply."He then asked if my vessel had water-tight compartments. I explained that she was all water-tight and all compartment. "'What if she should strike a rock?' he asked. "'Compartments would not save her if she should hit the rocks lying along her course,' said I; adding, 'she must be kept away from the rocks.' "After a considerable pause Mr. Stanley asked, 'What if a swordfish should pierce her hull with its sword?' "Of course I had thought of that as one of the dangers of the sea, and also of the chance of being struck by lightning. In the case of the swordfish, I ventured to say that 'the first thing would be to secure the sword.'"So this is where Jack London got the idea for watertight compartments! (see Cruise of the Snark, available from The Narrative Press) Discover for yourself why everyone reads this book (called a sailor's Walden) -- even if you're not planning a solo sailing trip. And take it with you if you are!

38 editions First published in 1900

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1900, The Century Co.
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in English
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1949, The Reprint society
Sailing alone around the world
in English
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1954, Sheridan House
Sailing alone around the world.
in English
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1956, Dover Publications
Sailing alone around the world.
in English
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1962, Collier Books
Sailing alone around the world
in English
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1967, Hart-Davis
Sailing alone around the world
in English - [1st ed.] 8th impression.
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1972, Sheridan House
Sailing alone around the world.
in English
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December 1, 1976, Books on Tape, Inc.
Sailing Alone Around The World
Audio cassette
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January 1981, Books on Tape
Sailing Alone Around the World
Audio Cassette in English
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June 1981, Sheridan House
Sailing Alone Around the World
Hardcover in English - Facsimile edition
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1983, Century
Sailing alone around the world
Microform in English
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1984, S. Low, Marston
Sailing alone around the world
Microform in English - New ed.
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1985, Naval Institute Press
Sailing alone around the world
in English
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August 1990, Book Of The Road
Sailing Alone Around the World
Audio Cassette in English
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1995, Adventure Library
Sailing alone around the world
in English - 1st Adventure Library ed.
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1999, Regatta Press
Sailing alone around the world
in English
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1999, Penguin Books
Sailing alone around the world
in English
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1999, Shambhala ; [New York], Distributed in the U.S. by Random House
Sailing alone around the world
in English - 1st Shambhala ed.
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2000, Phoenix
Sailing alone around the world
in English - Pbk. ed.
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2000, Phoenix Press
Sailing alone around the world
in English
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June 1, 2001, The Narrative Press
Sailing Alone Around the World
Paperback in English
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2001, The Narrative Press
Sailing Alone Around the World
Electronic resource in English
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September 1, 2003, Tantor Media
Sailing Alone Around the World
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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November 2003, IndyPublish.com
Sailing Alone Around the World
Paperback in English
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September 1, 2003, Tantor Media
Sailing Alone Around the World
MP3 CD in English - MP3 edition
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November 2003, IndyPublish.com
Sailing Alone Around the World
Hardcover in English
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November 2003, Adlard Coles Nautical
Sailing Alone Around The World
Paperback in English - New Ed edition
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June 17, 2004, Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Sailing Alone Around The World
Paperback in English
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January 10, 2004, North Books
Sailing Alone Around The World
Hardcover in English
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May 28, 2004, Phoenix Press
Sailing Alone Around the World
Paperback in English - New Ed edition
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January 10, 2004, North Books
Sailing Alone Around The World
Hardcover in English - Lrg edition
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January 1, 2005, Tantor Media
Sailing Alone Around the World
Audio CD in English - Library ed. edition
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November 9, 2006, BiblioBazaar
Sailing Alone Around the World (Large Print Edition)
Paperback in English - Lrg edition
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November 9, 2006, BiblioBazaar
Sailing Alone Around the World
Paperback in English
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September 20, 2006, Echo Library
Sailing Alone Around The World
Paperback in English
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February 1, 2007, Adlard Coles Nautical
Sailing Alone Around the World
Paperback in English - Revised edition
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2009, The Floating Press
Sailing Alone Around the World
eBook in English

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