Thanks for that deniseO30.
The video never mentioned that he and his family were Quakers who disapproved of the American revolution (1776) which is why the family moved up to Nova Scotia.
Royalists were not very popular in "the colonies" at that time.
A truly remarkable book. A Legendary voyage told with the same level of literary skill that Slocum had for his adventuring. A disarmingly well written story.
Another worthy volume about Slocum is, "The Hard Way Around, The passages of Joshua Slocum", by Geoffrey Wolff. He fills in a lot of Slocum's life history.
Getting a little long in the tooth, my wife and I have discussed, "The Josh Slocum Plan for Long Term Care"! He just kept going about his life until he couldn't manage the situation anymore. One more departure than arrival. I would love to follow his east to west rounding of The Horne.
I'm reading his other book, Voyage of the Liberdade right now. It's pretty good... Slocum is quite a badass. He took on a crew in Brazil who turned out to be felons that were released due to a cholera outbreak, and when they tried to commit mutiny he killed them.
Slocum was the founder of that great Canadian invention, the single handed circumnavigation, leading to the inspiration of all offshore cruisers since.
As for the simplicity of his life, the message seems to have been lost.
On this date in 1895, Joshua Slocum set sail on a trip around the world (books by this author). Growing up on the island of Nova Scotia, Slocum longed for a life at sea, but his father disapproved. After several attempts to run away from home, the boy finally left home for good when he was 16, signing on as a seaman on a merchant ship bound for Dublin. A few years later, he settled in San Francisco and began a career as a sea captain.
When Slocum was 51, he was working in a Boston shipyard. He hadn't captained a ship for a few years, and his services were not in high demand. When a friend gave him a run-down oyster boat, he decided to attempt a solo circumnavigation. He rebuilt the sloop, called Spray, and, when the weather was favorable, set sail from Boston. He used a navigation method called "dead reckoning," which involves determining one's position based on estimating the time and speed the boat has traveled since its previous position. During a 2,000-mile course across the Pacific Ocean, he never touched the helm once, steering instead by using the sails. He sailed 46,000 miles, returning to Newport, Rhode Island, a little over three years later. The Spanish-American War had just broken out not long before he returned, and even though he was the first person to sail around the world single-handedly, no one really paid much attention to him until after the war ended.
In 1900, Slocum published a book about his journey, called Sailing Alone Around the World. He'd arranged the book deal before he set off, and his publisher made sure he had a well-stocked library aboard. The book was well received, and he made enough money to buy a farm, but he wasn't happy on land. In 1909, en route to the West Indies, he was lost at sea.
" But at last the time arrived to weigh anchor and get to sea in earnest. I had resolved on a voyage around the world, and as the wind on the morning of April 24,1895, was fair, at noon I weighed anchor, set sail, and filled away from Boston, where the Spray had been moored snugly all winter. The twelve-o'clock whistles were blowing just as the sloop shot ahead under full sail. "