It remains one of the most thrilling and entertaining travel narratives of all time. Slocum writes of dangers and delights in encounters with Moorish pirates and Juan Fernandez islanders, tempests and languid seas, sharks and flying fish.
In 1877, eighteen years before Slocum weighed anchor on his 74,000-kilometre journey, another enterprising New Bedford sailor, Captain Thomas Crapo, undertook to sail across the Atlantic to England in a boat six metres long-with his wife. Crapo's little-known narrative of his expedition is also included in this volume. A fascinating companion-piece, it may even have helped inspire Slocum to embark on his great sea voyage.
In the tradition of Tim Flannery's editions of 1788 by Watkin Tench and Life and Adventures of William Buckley comes the ripping yarn of the first solo round-the-world sailor, one of the most remarkable and entertaining travel narratives of all time. Flannery's introduction celebrates the careers and achievements of these sea captains and confirms Sailing Alone Around the World as a must-read for sailors and children of all ages.
Joshua Slocum was born in 1844 and, though he never learnt to swim, he spent a life at sea. He met his first wife in Sydney, and for fifteen years she accompanied him on his journeys, along with their children. In 1895, after the death of his Australian wife and a series of events which brought his career into sharp decline, he decided to embark on a solo circumnavigation of the globe in the Spray, a hundred-year old sloop. Slocum returned to America in 1898, a celebrity, to write his extraordinary account. He disappeared on a voyage in the sea-worn Spray in 1909. His body was never found.
Tim Flannery is a paleontologist, explorer and conservationist. He is a leading writer on climate change and the 2007 Australian of the Year. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, The Future Eaters, Here on Earthand Atmosphere of Hope. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.