Monday, February 05, 2018

History Lesson: Slocum

Joshua Slocum (February 20, 1844 - November 14, 1909) was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. He was a Nova Scotian born, naturalised American seaman and adventurer, and a noted writer. In 1900 he wrote a book about his journey Sailing Alone Around the World, which became an international best-seller. He disappeared in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray.
Any sailor worth his salt knows the story of how Slocum spread thumb tacks on his decks at night to keep the bad guys away from his boat. What a great way to keep them at bay!

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