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Old 09-07-2010, 22:39   #1
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'Sailing Alone Around the World' by Joshua Slocum

I just finished this although in the audio version. by Joshua Slocum.

It was riveting. I cannot wait to start it again. I tried to follow the trail the first time in my head but to no avail. I have a globe now and will pinpoint it better. http://ia350640.us.archive.org/2/ite...locum_64kb.mp3

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Old 09-07-2010, 23:07   #2
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Thanks for posting the link. I will enjoy listening.
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An evil, evil librarian recommended this book to me when I was 12. Destroyed my life. I've been building and mucking about in boats ever since. I have carried on the corruption by giving copies of this book away for over forty years. Other books have joined my kit since then, including Sea Gypsy, The Logical Route, Heaven, Hell and Blue Water, and a few others. But Slocumb's works established the genre, and he is still, IMHO, the best. Try his Voyage of the Liberdade. They don't make men like him any more ....
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I love that book, on of the most inspiring works ever. And yeah, now I own a boat so the propaganda works. lol
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Two thumbs us on anything Slokum! Thanks for the link!
Funny thing, long time professional colleague of mine last name Slokum-______. As I came to sailing boats much after meeting her, I never made the connection with the name. Turns out she is GG or GGG grand-daughter of Joshua Slokum.
And yes, all Slokums can sail, it is required right after birth according to her...
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My father has a first edition, signed by Captain Slocum, with a scrap of sail in it. I've read it (another copy ) and it is indeed riveting.
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It happens to be one of Barnes & Noble's free ebooks this week

Just download the free e book desktop reader and you can get the classics for free. Gotta love free!

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If Slokum was a contemporary sailor, he would have been labeled a pedophile and under the restrictions of Megan's Law.
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If Slokum was a contemporary sailor, he would have been labeled a pedophile and under the restrictions of Megan's Law.
So would Romeo. You just can't change law dates by 100 years or so. Plus theres lots of countries where the age of 'consent' is far lower than the country you are talking about.
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Juliet was 14, Romeo was thought to be 16, hardly a comparison...
Slokum was in his sixties, his victim, 13.
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Juliet was 14, Romeo was thought to be 16, hardly a comparison...
Slokum was in his sixties, his victim, 13.
I'm missing a significant detail here. Slocum (or is the spelling here indicating an indictment of some else) was involved with a child at some point?
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In defense Slocum was charged with rape of a 12 year old he spent 45 days in jail and the charges were reduced to indecent exposure. Not sure that would quite get you pedaphile status. Not a fan of his later life but some of the rumors don't seem to be proper justice.
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I'm missing a significant detail here. Slocum (or is the spelling here indicating an indictment of some else) was involved with a child at some point?


Rumored to be but no court records exist and he was never convicted of anything as far as I am aware. So its just conjecture.
Anyway, I have just sailed though some countries when 13 year olds get married off tho 60 year olds quite legally. And that 2010.

Slocumbs book is a wonderful piece of literature as well as about sailing.

I have my copy right... here!
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Juliet was 14, Romeo was thought to be 16, hardly a comparison...
Slokum was in his sixties, his victim, 13.
Joshua Slocum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Visiting Riverton, New Jersey in May, 1906, Slocum was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl. After further investigation and questioning, it became apparent that the crime was indecent exposure, but Slocum claimed to have no memory of any wrong-doing and that, if anything had happened, it must have occurred during one of his mental lapses. Slocum spent 42 days in jail awaiting trial. At his trial he pleaded "no contest" and was released for time-served. The judge at his trial told him, "upon request of the family, I can deal leniently with you".[9]

Romeo and Juliet, on the other hand, is fiction. Billy Shakespeare having been a poet and a playwright, not a journalist or historian.
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Different times, different places.

Maybe when you're a legend in one area you get other 'failings' forgiven?

"AAisha was six years old when betrothed to Muhammad.[12][13][14] She stayed in her parents' home until the age of nine or ten, when the marriage was consummated in Medina.[14][15][16][17] with the single exception of al-Tabari, who records that she was ten.[isha was six years old when betrothed to Muhammad.[12][13][14] She stayed in her parents' home until the age of nine or ten, when the marriage was consummated in Medina.[14][15][16][17] with the single exception of al-Tabari, who records that she was ten.["

And the connection to sailing is...?? He was sailing close to the wind??
Sorry. Best I could come up with
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