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Old 23-03-2023, 07:38   #1
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I have read Sailing Alone Around the World (Spray) x 3 plus a CBC documentary (link below). Anyone care to mention a favourite (similar) book. I need to move on. Thanks
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You could start with Slocum's earlier book, voyage of the Liberdade, about being shipwrecked and building a makeshift boat to sail his family back to New England. I also like Melville's early works, including White Jacket, about service on a navy ship.
Talking about Melville, if you get in the area of New Bedford, it is thrilling to see the whaling museum there, which has a half-sized replica of the Spray. It also has a full whaling ship, and other stuff. Just up the street is the Sailor's Bethel chapel, where Melville used to sit and which appears in the opening of Moby Dick. Chilling to see all the marble plaques remembering lost sailors, running from the 19th century to recent days.
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Somewhat similar but different.

Adrift by Steven Callahan.

The book details his 21' sailboat Napoleon Solo's sinking and his 76 day, 1800 mile drift in a 6 man Avon Lift across the Atlantic starting around 400 miles West of the Canaries

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Just Sea and Sky by Ben Pester is a good read
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Old 23-03-2023, 08:42   #5
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Anything by Mottesier.. a seaman extraordinaire
Sailing to the Reefs.
The Long Way.
Cape Horn: The Logical Route.
A Sea Vagabond's World.
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Old 23-03-2023, 08:45   #6
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Re: Joshua Slocum

how do you mean "move on"?

In terms of literature, if so, what genre?

In terms of sailing/cruising? If so where do you want to go? In the Brent Swain?

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I've read all of Slocum's books. He is a remarkable author. Easily conveys the reader to all the places he has been and the things he did.

Steve Callahan's book is another remarkable author that spins a captivating tale.

I wrote a book about my trials and tribulations while leading up to and building my own steel boat...PM me if you are interested and I will direct you to it.
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To switch to fiction, I read "Riddle of the Sands" about every 8 to 10 years which means I have read it too many times. Great pre-WWI feel to it and the sailing descriptions are well done.
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I have read Sailing Alone Around the World (Spray) x 3 plus a CBC documentary (link below). Anyone care to mention a favourite (similar) book. I need to move on. Thanks
Move on from book to video...

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/slocumatseawithhimself
https://www.youtube.com/@slocumatsea...self806/videos

A masterpiece. But it got little notice I think. Dedicated website down.
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If you're looking for circumnavigation try Gypsy Moth Circles the World by Chichester, or even Over the Edge of the World by Bergreen about Magellen's voyage, but there are so many smaller treasures, and not all in sailboats:
Desperate Voyage by John Caldwell
Tranquility by Billy Sparrow
The Only Kayak by Kim Heacox
Not so Wild a Dream by Eric Sevareid-a personal favorite about youthful optimism, a canoe, and a very different time in America.
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"the lonely sea & the sky" by sir francis chichester is a great read. it's his life story up until the circumnavigation, rather than just a sailing story...but what an incredible life. he was a pioneer aviator & navigator before he came to sailing relatively late in life

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I'd recommend Eric Hiscock. His single-handed trip around England/Scotland/Ireland in the 1930s, and then with his wife Susan on a circumnavigation in the 1950s, has inspired a generation of sailors. I find his typically British self-deprecating humor creates an especially inviting and friendly tone.

Here is one link, but there are many other titles: Cruising Under Sail
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I can highly recommend "Count Luckner, The Sea Devil" by Lowell Thomas, circa 1927.
The odyssey of Commander Felix von Luckner, taking a square rigger that has been outfitted with hidden guns to operate as a commerce raider in WWI.
Across oceans and around Cape Horn.
An incredible story that I've always thought should have been made into a movie.
Amazon, or maybe Ebay would probably be the only way to find it.
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Farley Mowat. The boat Who Wouldn't Float.

I read it as a kid. Wanted to cruise to Newfoundland ever since. Almost made it in my boat, but I did get there by ferry once, at least.
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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
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