New Photos of Joshua Slocum Uncovered in an Old Family Photo Album – SWIZZLE MEDIA
Bill Springer at the SWIZZLE MEDIA blog has been researching some photos of Joshua Slocum and his famous sloop, Spray taken by his wife’s great-grandfather in Hyannisport, Massachusetts in 1906. They appear to be previously unpublished. They show Spray both docked and under sail in the harbor – as well as one of Captain Slocum striking a pose while seated on the mainsail’s gaff at the dock.
For those of you who have no clue as to what I’m blathering on about, Joshua Slocum is the first recognized private American long-distance voyager. He sailed an old oyster sloop he was given (the Spray) around the world alone. Now, this was before the days of GPS, Loran, RADAR, ePRBs or any other form of electronic aids to safety & navigation. It was also before the days of auxiliary engines for small boats, water makers, freeze-dried foods, etc. He did it old school.
Joshua Slocum has been the inspiration for many sailors who decide to strike off on their own for the far horizons.