Classic Boating Tales

When works have fallen into the public domain, copyright no longer applies and anyone is free to reproduce those works. We are pleased to present here some of the classic public-domain literature about boating.

Sailing Alone Around the World — Appendix

By Joshua Slocum [Illustration: Again tied to the old stake at Fairhaven.] LINES AND SAIL-PLAN OF THE "SPRAY" Her pedigree so far as known — The Lines of the Spray — Her self-steering qualities — Sail-plan and steering-gear — An … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 21

By Joshua Slocum Clearing for home — In the calm belt — A sea covered with sargasso — The jibstay parts in a gale — Welcomed by a tornado off Fire Island — A change of plan — Arrival at Newport — End of a cruise of over forty-six thousand miles — … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 20

By Joshua Slocum In the favoring current off Cape St. Roque, Brazil — All at sea regarding the Spanish-American war — An exchange of signals with the battle-ship Oregon — Off Dreyfus's prison on Devil's Island — Reappearance to the Spray of the … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 19

By Joshua Slocum In the isle of Napoleon's exile — Two lectures — A guest in the ghost-room at Plantation House — An excursion to historic Longwood — Coffee in the husk, and a goat to shell it — The Spray's ill luck with animals — A prejudice … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 18

By Joshua Slocum Rounding the "Cape of Storms" in olden time — A rough Christmas — The Spray ties up for a three months' rest at Cape Town — A railway trip to the Transvaal — President Kruger's odd definition of the Spray's voyage — His terse … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 17

By Joshua Slocum A clean bill of health at Mauritius — Sailing the voyage over again in the opera-house — A newly discovered plant named in honor of the Spray's skipper — A party of young ladies out for a sail — A bivouac on deck — A warm … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 16

By Joshua Slocum A call for careful navigation — Three hours' steering in twenty-three days — Arrival at the Keeling Cocos Islands — A curious chapter of social history — A welcome from the children of the islands — Cleaning and painting the … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 15

By Joshua Slocum Arrival at Port Denison, Queensland — A lecture — Reminiscences of Captain Cook — Lecturing for charity at Cooktown — A happy escape from a coral reef — Home Island, Sunday Island, Bird Island — An American pearl-fisherman — … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 14

By Joshua Slocum A testimonial from a lady — Cruising round Tasmania — The skipper delivers his first lecture on the voyage — Abundant provisions-An inspection of the Spray for safety at Devonport — Again at Sydney — Northward bound for … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 13

By Joshua Slocum Samoan royalty — King Malietoa — Good-by to friends at Vailima — Leaving Fiji to the south — Arrival at Newcastle, Australia — The yachts of Sydney — A ducking on the Spray — Commodore Foy presents the sloop with a new suit of … [Read more...]