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Sailing in Slocum's Wake
"In Slocumís own words, he forgoes details of what sounds like a colorful past and launches right into the rousing tale of a down-and-out man with a friend who gives him a wreck parked in a field, more or less as a joke. Slocum goes on to transform the derelict oyster boat into a perfectly sturdy and well-balanced 37-foot voyager. It takes him 13 months and costs $553.62, and the biggest question people would ask of any sailing boat in those days, especially in the fishing and whaling center of New Bedford, was, "Will she pay?" In the end, she does, not in the capacity of a cargo vessel, but as the boat that carries the first single-hander around the world."
(Submitted by Noel Fri Jun 18, 2004 )
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