|The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||osprey_lightning||7/8/08 7:57 PM|
I have just completed a little project and would welcome some feedback/suggestions for improvement.
I have created a textually enabled map of the voyage of Joshua Slocum the first man to circumnavigate the world single-handed.
This interactive adventure is divided into 8 segments or "legs". This is not just a path to follow, rather, it is an opportunity for the "adventurer" to explore the world through modern eyes from the perspective of Capt. Slocum.
There are over 100 waypoints. Each waypoint has excerpts from Capt. Slocum's book Sailing Alone Around the World.
Follow the voyage of Captain Joshua Slocum on his historic quest to become the first man to circumnavigate the globe alone.
And let me know what you think!
NOTE: this really was designed for Google Earth... Google maps works ok, but you do not maximize advantage of the details and the oblique views.
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||NormB||7/8/08 9:21 PM|
Very nice first post osprey_lightning..... It has all it needs to entice folk to read the book.
I liked his little episode with the Pirates...
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|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||Hill.||7/10/08 9:32 PM|
Nicely done. This is exactly the sort of information that is presented very well with Google Earth.
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|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||jetsilla||7/11/08 9:41 AM|
I have been reading this book and using google earth to find where he was at. Then I found your post. Perfect! Thanks for putting it out there for others to use!
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||osprey_lightning||7/12/08 9:46 AM|
Thanks for your comments. I am glad you like the application. I do the same thing... read books and follow along with Google Earth or Maps.
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||danescombe||7/12/08 11:15 AM|
Great post--its inspired me to download the Talking Book of Sailing Alone Around the World to listen in the car--so far ( Chp4 ) its excellent.
Also Podcast available here ( iTunes only)
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|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||osprey_lightning||7/14/08 11:56 AM|
Excellent... I have downloaded the Audio book as well and have beening listening....... thanks for the links!
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||RodScher||7/16/08 2:14 PM|
Nice work! This is great stuff.
I'm working on an annotated version of "Sailing Alone..." for Sheridan House, a NY publisher. Assuming it's OK with the publisher, would you mind if I reference this thread? It's a perfect use of GoogleEarth, and a real boon to lovers of Slocum and his works.
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||osprey_lightning||7/16/08 8:39 PM|
Sure.. reference away... I posted this for the enjoyment and education of all.
Glad you like it... and I hope others will enjoy it... and learn about Joshua Slocum.
.... Annotated edition? Interesting.. there are some great historical and geo-political references throughout the book. I could see some very interesting explainations... Would love to know more..
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||RodScher||7/17/08 7:34 AM|
Oh, yeah, tons of stuff -- politics, wars, literary references, etc. Not to mention sailing and nautical terms, etc. In fact, there's no way I can do it justice, really; the publisher's format (annotations-as-marginalia) happens to be very easy to read but makes space a bit tight.
It's been an interesting exercise in providing a historical context, explaining some of the more obsolete/archaic terms and references, nautical and otherwise. (And although I've sailed, I'm really more of a writer than a nautical expert, so I've learned a lot, myself!)
Anyway, we're hoping for a holiday-season release. I think it'd be nice to be able to direct folks to your work on Captain Slocum's voyage. (After all, I quote and refer folks to other works: Chapman's comes to mind.)
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||danescombe||7/27/08 6:43 AM|
Reference--The Spray being chased by pirates just out of Gibraltar.--Chp 4
OK--its 90 years after Second Barbary War --but does give a indication to the danger still posed to vessels by the North African Pirates
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||osprey_lightning||7/28/08 2:05 PM|
Indeed... Having read Richard Zacks' book (The Pirate Coast), when I reread Slocum's book I thought about the Barbary pirates.
The family of Yussif Karamanli would have still been in power along the Barbary coast and I am quite sure they may have honored the treaties regarding US government vessels, but a private yacht of the size of Spray would have been "fair game" in their view.
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||RodScher||7/30/08 6:56 PM|
Definitely fair game, I would think. Especially if they could determine that there was only one man aboard. When you really think about it -- about what he did and when he did it and the tools with which he did it -- what an incredibly skilled, tenacious, and courageous man he was...
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||NateEaton||8/9/08 11:32 AM|
I was excited to see reference to this in Scuttlebutt. You've done a great job with it. On re-reading the book earlier this year I also used Google Earth to explore the route and started trying to create a map similar to yours. I see you avoided the issue I had - I was trying to create waypoints and polygons that were very detailed rather than focusing on the key way points with a more generalized set of polygons outlining the route. I also like your text - I had a vague idea of doing something similar but never got past trying to layout the route.
I look forward to playing the trip and following in Captain Slocum's wake again.
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||danescombe||8/10/08 12:44 PM|
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|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||osprey_lightning||8/10/08 6:42 PM|
Thanks for the comments.. It was very challenging to try to select waypoints. Some were obvious with specific locations or relative location (like 300 miles east of the Azores)... and other were selected because of the text narrative.
The toughest part was the waypoint set within the Straits of Magellan. I experienced a similar frustration that Slocum felt when he was in this area. I was ready to abandon ship many times....
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||dream sailor||1/26/09 7:53 AM|
Thank you very much for performing and posting this project for all to see and use. It is just fantastic. Really fine job. It really gives an added dimension to the story, and even more than I was Googling for.
I happened to find it halfway through reading Capt. Slocum's book, wishing I had a way to actually see the route and follow along. Your project is more than perfect. I'll have you know in advance that I intend catch up to where I am in the story using your project, and to have your post along with my reading voyage the rest of the even more wonderful trip.
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||osprey_lightning||2/21/09 7:42 AM|
Glad you like my project. I am working on some enhancements and will post a new version... sometime this year. I am also working on another similar project.
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||ElCangri||7/8/09 4:10 PM|
I have read the book myself so thoroughly enjoyed this tour, my favorite section from the book:
As drowsiness came on I sprinkled the deck with tacks, and then I turned in, bearing in mind the advice of my old friend Samblich that I was not to step on them myself. I saw to it that not a few of them stood "business end" up; for when the _Spray_ passed Thieves' Bay two canoes had put out and followed in her wake, and there was no disguising the fact any longer that I was alone.
Now, it is well known that one cannot step on a tack without saying something about it. A pretty good Christian will whistle when he steps on the "commercial end" of a carpet-tack; a savage will howl and claw the air, and that was just what happened that night about twelve o'clock, while I was asleep in the cabin, where the savages thought they "had me," sloop and all, but changed their minds when they stepped on deck, for then they thought that I or somebody else had them.
I had no need of a dog; they howled like a pack of hounds. I had hardly use for a gun. They jumped pell-mell, some into their canoes and some into the sea, to cool off, I suppose, and there was a deal of free language over it as they went. I fired several guns when I came on deck, to let the rascals know that I was home, and then I turned in again, feeling sure I should not be disturbed any more by people who left in so great a hurry.
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|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||Mike Sytsma||11/23/12 8:27 AM|
I just finished the book then found your post. It's excellent, and I wish I had it during the reading as my geography skills are poor. I'm saving up money for a circumnavigation on my Pearson 367, will definitely take a different route. Thanks for the info!
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||Jay Warthen||1/9/13 8:24 PM|
Thank you very much. My second reading of Captain Slocum's adventure. Your work is so helpful.
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||Martin Heimann||1/31/13 8:33 AM|
Nice project! Just one correction: the track past the Cape Verde islands should be on the west side of the islands - Joshua describes that he sailed along Santo Antao, which is the northern-west island of the archipelago...
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||George Singletary||1/31/13 10:15 AM|
Awesome! I recently read the book and this KMZ helps put all the locations and the path followed into perspective.
Excellent job and very entertaining.
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||Noisette||2/4/13 3:39 PM|
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||Ira Bickoff||6/12/13 7:27 PM|
My name is Ira Bickoff and I teach high school physics, earth science and marine science. I came upon your excellent work with Sailing Alone Around the World and wanted to share a project I've been working on for the past year. It purpose is to bring classic maritime literature and marine science to high school students.
The site is Sailthebook.net
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||osprey_lightning||7/21/13 6:16 AM|
Thanks for the kind comment and the links. I really like your site as well. It is where I wanted to go but did not have the time to do so. You have taken this to the next level.
|Re: The Voyage of Spray and Capt. Joshua Slocum||Sailthebook||7/23/13 2:54 PM|
You're very welcome. I started off with just using Sailing Alone Around the Worlld in my high school marine science class. The kids responded well to reading it in computer lab. The activities were on paper with the coordinates - like a treasure hunt. Then, much to the dismay of my wife and family I came up with the idea for the project.
Hopefully by the end of this summer I'll have a tour and activities of the Ironclad, USS Monitor. It's a much more manageable project then a large book.