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Joshua Slocum (February 20, 1844 – on or shortly after November 14, 1909) was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. He was a Nova Scotian-born, naturalised American seaman and adventurer, and a noted writer. In 1900 he wrote a book about his journey, "Sailing Alone Around the World", which became an international best-seller. He disappeared in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray. (Source: Wikipedia)
To read more about Slocum's journey in Seaport, check his storylines.
Hello captain, your reputation precedes you here in Boston! As two of the most experienced captains in these parts, we ought to have lunch together!
Now, captain, I must admit I had an ulterior motive for wanting to have lunch with you. I am planning a dangerous voyage and I would love to have you and your crew on board.
Admiral Monteiro of the Brazilian government contacted me. He wants me to transport the torpedo boat Destroyer to Brazil and then annihilate the rebel fleet. Monteiro promised to pay us handsomely.
I must confess something to you, captain, best over a glass of wine. Destroying the rebels is personal. Their leader, Admiral Melo, sunk one of my ships. I will enjoy squashing him and his rebels.
Now we have to travel to Sandy Hook, New Jersey where the Destroyer is currently docked. Taking a train there should be the easiest way for us and your crew.
|6||Fuel the Destroyer|
The journey to Brazil is long, so we will need a lot of wood and coal to power the boilers. Send your men to town to get enough for the voyage.
Great, it seems like we are all set to go. The Destroyer just needs to undergo some minor repairs after being docked for so long, but it's nothing that should hinder us for too long.
We've done it, captain! We're going to demolish the rebel fleet with the Destroyer! If everything goes according to plan, they might even build us statues in Rio when it's all over.
Well, the first day of our voyage has been pretty smooth. You really picked out the best of your men. Let's have some of those delicious fish they caught this morning.
|10||A terrible storm|
Captain, we are taking on water! This storm is hitting us hard and the top seams are opening! We need the whole crew to start bailing water out, or our boilers will be extinguished.
It's been three days and the storm hasn't let up. We must set our course for Martinique, as we will never make it to Brazil at this rate. We must keep bailing water and fueling the boiler fires.
The storm has finally stopped, but our boilers have been extinguished and our rudder disabled. Now we just have to bail as much water as we can and hope our side steam pumps can get us to Martinique.
At last, we have arrived in Martinique. Your crew looks absolutely battered from the journey. Let's get them something sweet to perk them up before we start repairing the Destroyer.
There will be extensive repairs needed on the Destroyer after the hell we had gone through on the voyage here. Let's hope they hold up this time.
|15||Staying for a while|
Captain, looks like the repairs will take some time as they are quite extensive, so we will need to stay here longer than anticipated. We need to find inexpensive accommodation for us here.
At last, the repairs are finished. Before we set a course for Brazil, we need to get new uniforms for the crew. The storm ruined them, most are ripped and all are dirty.
Finally, we have arrived in Brazil! Let's go get some food in our bellies and then we can find Admiral Monteiro to hand the ship off.
Captain, I have terrible news. Admiral Monteiro has been replaced by Admiral Goncalves, who has now seized the Destroyer. Collect your men, we must go confront him!
We best take some weapons with us to meet with Goncalves. There aren't many of us and he will surely be surrounded by his soldiers. We ought to do everything we can to even the odds.
Goncalves is refusing to pay us and will not even let us on the mission. I tried to convince him, but he threatened to jail us. We must leave Brazil now! Do you have enough gold to pay for the voyage?
What a disaster this voyage was. All of us almost died, we got paid nothing for our hard work, and I didn't even get a chance to exact my revenge. Let's drink our sorrows, captain.
|22||Back in America|
Good thing we are back in America, captain. I feel way more comfortable on home soil. I ask you to stick around for longer. I have a new plan. Make sure to get firewood, the winters are cold here.
I want to be the first man to sail around the world by myself. I could write a book about it! I purchased a one-person sailing vessel called Spray for this purpose. Will you help me fix her up?
Just because I will be sailing alone doesn't mean I won't need your help, captain! We should set up checkpoints so I can refill my supplies and get anything I might need, sorted.
Before the voyage can take place, there are more repairs needed on the Spray. I need her to be the perfect vessel for this solo trip, any mistakes might cost me my life.
Great, now that the ship is ready, we should transport her to Boston where my journey will begin. We both know moving a ship to a harbor isn't for free, captain...
Alright, captain, let's go for lunch before I go. If all goes well, I will be seeing you soon in my first checkpoint in Gibraltar. Hopefully sailing through the Suez Canal won't be too hard.
It is time, captain! We shall christen the Spray with some wine for her first voyage, and then I will be on my way.
I am glad I finally made it here! It was a very strenuous journey to get here through the Atlantic all by myself. Let's go catch up with your men, I haven't seen them in a month!
|30||Change of plan|
I have to change my plan. I wanted to sail through the Suez Canal, but it's crawling with pirates. I will turn the Spray around and meet you in Brazil. I will need an extra sail for the voyage.
Captain, it's great to see you again! The journey back across the Atlantic was just as tough. The second sail really came in handy, as the first ripped in a storm. Now we must repair the hull.
Alright, I have refilled my supplies sufficiently for the next leg of the journey. I will sail through the Straits of Magellan and then through to Australia. See you in Sydney, captain!
Captain, I met pirates along the way! I barely escaped with my life! Let's go get some food, I need to relax after so much stress out on the sea.
|34||Fixing up the Spray|
The next leg of the journey is a long one, through the Indian Ocean and stopping at the Cape of Good Hope. I better get all the repairs done now so I won't regret it later.
|35||Cape of Good Hope|
I am lucky to be here, captain. The storm in the Indian Ocean seemed never-ending. It's a miracle my ship didn't fall apart! I definitely need to reinforce the hull before sailing back to America.
|36||Back in America|
We made it! I have become the first man to sail around the world solo! Of course, I could not have done it without your help at checkpoints. Get your men and let's celebrate!
I am to receive a Presidential award this week along with a handsome amount of cash. I want to split it equally with you and your men. Can you distribute it to them?
Captain, I have amazing news! My hometown of Mount Hanley in Nova Scotia plans to build a statue of me! Could you help them out with supplying the material?
Alright, captain, it's been a hectic couple of weeks since we've returned. Let's relax and get something tasty to eat. We deserve something good after all that work.
Captain, it's been incredible to have these adventures with you. However, now I feel it is time for me to say goodbye. I want to build a cottage and focus on writing my book.