7/8/07

Spray



Joshua Slocum

(Wilmot, Canadá, 1844-en alta mar, 1909) Navegante canadiense.

Entre 1895 y 1898 realizó, a bordo de su yate, la primera vuelta al mundo en solitario.

Partiendo de Boston llegó a Gibraltar, desde donde alcanzó Recife, Río de Janeiro, Montevideo y Buenos Aires. Continuó su viaje a través del estrecho de Magallanes, alcanzando Sydney y Melbourne.

En 1897 arribó a Ciudad del Cabo, finalizando su periplo en Nueva York (28 de junio de 1898). Tras realizar nuevos viajes, zarpó de Bristol, desapareciendo poco después.

Constructor, arquitecto naval, pescador, armador, Slocum tuvo siempre trabajos relacionados con la mar; pero nada le hacía tan feliz como la navegación en solitario, que practicaba a la menor ocasión.

Esta pasión le llevó en el año 1895, a dar la primera vuelta al mundo, solo, en un velero de 11 metros que él mismo había reconstruido de un arrumbado velero.














1869-89 Commanded Washington, Constitution, B. Aymar and Amethyst delivering mixed cargo from San Francisco, China, Australia, The Spice Lands and Japan.
1874 Built a steam ship, Pato, for a British architect in Subic Bay, P.I.
1882 Shareholder and commander of Northern Light transporting oil from NY to Japan.
1884 Sold Northern Light and bought Aquidneck to conduct South American trade.

1887 Aquidneck stranded on a sand bank off the coast of Brazil. Slocum and family build 35 ft junk rigged “canoe” named Liberdade, sailed 5000 miles to Washington, D.C.
1892 Began restoration on the antiquated sloop Spray in Fairhaven, MA.
1895 April 24th departs Boston, MA for first solo circumnavigation.
1898 June 27th sails into Newport, RI after 3 years 2 months and 2 days at sea.
1909 Departs Martha's Vineyard for solo voyage to S. America, never heard from again
1972 Joshua Slocum Society International formed- click here to visit their website
1985 Inducted to Single-Handed Sailors' Hall of Fame

Ode to Joshua Slocum

Here the song of the skipper Slocum
Best afloat.
This is not a Yankee Fairy
Anecdote,
But the plain unvarnished story
Of a seaman bold and hoary
Who set out in search of glory In a boat.
All alone he sailed from Boston
One fine day In a swagger little lugger
Called the Spray,
Bound to cross the broad Atlantic
(True a most peculiar antic!)
Even tho’ the gals were frantic
Every day.
All’s well however that ends well
They say: Which applies to skipper Slocum
And the Spray.
Therefore let us sing their praises
(Like we do all other crazes)
In a manner which amazes Hip, Hooray.

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