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 – Chapter 12

By Joshua Slocum Seventy-two days without a port — Whales and birds — A peep into the Spray's galley — Flying-fish for breakfast — A welcome at Apia — A visit from Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson — At Vailima — Samoan hospitality — Arrested for … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 11

By Joshua Slocum The islanders at Juan Fernandez entertained with Yankee doughnuts — The beauties of Robinson Crusoe's realm — The mountain monument to Alexander Selkirk — Robinson Crusoe's cave — A stroll with the children of the island — … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 10

By Joshua Slocum Running to Port Angosto in a snow-storm — A defective sheetrope places the Spray in peril — The Spray as a target for a Fuegian arrow — The island of Alan Erric — Again in the open Pacific — The run to the island of Juan … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 9

By Joshua Slocum Repairing the Spray's sails — Savages and an obstreperous anchor-A spider-fight — An encounter with Black Pedro — A visit to the steamship Colombia, — On the defensive against a fleet of canoes — A record of voyages through the … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 8

By Joshua Slocum From Cape Pillar into the Pacific — Driven by a tempest toward Cape Horn — Captain Slocum's greatest sea adventure — Beaching the strait again by way of Cockburn Channel — Some savages find the carpet-tacks — Danger from … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 7

By Joshua Slocum Weighing anchor at Buenos Aires — An outburst of emotion at the mouth of the Plate — Submerged by a great wave — A stormy entrance to the strait — Captain Samblich's happy gift of a bag of carpet-tacks — Off Cape Froward — … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 6

By Joshua Slocum Departure from Rio de Janeiro — The Spray ashore on the sands of Uruguay — A narrow escape from shipwreck — The boy who found a sloop — The Spray floated but somewhat damaged — Courtesies from the British consul at Maldonado — … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 5

By Joshua Slocum Sailing from Gibraltar with the assistance of her Majesty's tug — The Spray's course changed from the Suez Canal to Cape Horn — Chased by a Moorish pirate — A comparison with Columbus — The Canary Islands-The Cape Verde Islands — … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 4

By Joshua Slocum Squally weather in the Azores — High living — Delirious from cheese and plums — The pilot of the Pinta — At Gibraltar — Compliments exchanged with the British navy — A picnic on the Morocco shore. I set sail from Horta … [Read more...]

Sailing Alone Around the World – Chapter 3

By Joshua Slocum Buy The Book! Good-by to the American coast — Off Sable Island in a fog — In the open sea — The man in the moon takes an interest in the voyage — The first fit of loneliness — The Spray encounters La Vaguisa — A bottle of … [Read more...]