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Joshua Slocum: Around Alone (2000)

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Fantastic documentary on Joshua Slocum, who was the first person to sail around the world !!!
27 February 2004 | by (west coast of the atlantic) – See all my reviews

Peter Rowe must have had a GREAT time making this documentary, which serves as an excellent addendum to Slocum's world famous book "Sailing Alone Around the World". Slocum's must read classic account of his trip was first published in 1900 and has been in print ever since. Rowe's documentary fleshes out this independant yankee sailor, following his life from his birth in Nova Scotia- to his ultimate mysterious disappearance post-circumnavigation in 1909. The film is beautifully shot and artfully narrated, depicting Slocum's life as a runaway teen, a sea captain in the days of square riggers, a loving husband and father, an outrunner of pirates, outsmarter of natives, and the original "roughin' it" type travel writer. Following his history and his loving re-creation of the "Spray", the wooden sloop that he salvaged from an abandoned derelict oysterboat dead in a field in Fairhaven, MA.,to become the lovely sturdy vessel in which he was first to round the globe. Like Slocum's wry informative novel, Rowe's film delights and inspires, as he interviews sailors and historians alike. Showing many "Spray" copies and following their builders as they tell Slocum's story and their own tales of their recreations of his passage. The footage is crisp, and leaves a taste of salt in your mouth- not only causing you to yearn for the sea, but perhaps also to shed a tear in appreciation of Slocum's ardor and the changing times through which he lived.

Kudos Mr. Rowe, for a delightful ride through history and Slocum's eye !!!


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