A blue-nose ancestry with Yankee proclivities—Youthful fondness for the sea—Master of the ship Northern Light —Loss of the Aquidneck —Return home from Brazil in the canoe Liberdade —The gift of a "ship"—The rebuilding of the Spray —Conundrums in regard to finance and calking—The launching of the Spray. Failure as a fisherman—A voyage around the world projected—From Boston to Gloucester—Fitting out for the ocean voyage—Half of a dory for a ship's boat—The run from Gloucester to Nova Scotia—A shaking up in home waters—Among old friends. From Cape Pillar into the Pacific—Driven by a tempest toward Cape Horn—Captain Slocum's greatest sea adventure—Reaching the strait again by way of Cockburn Channel—Some savages find the carpet-tacks—Danger from firebrands—A series of fierce williwaws—Again sailing westward. Repairing the Spray's sails—Savages and an obstreperous anchor—A spider-fight—An encounter with Black Pedro—A visit to the steamship Colombia —On the defensive against a fleet of canoes—A record of voyages through the strait—A chance cargo of tallow. A testimonial from a lady—Cruising round Tasmania—The skipper delivers his first lecture on the voyage—Abundant provisions—An inspection of the Spray for safety at Devonport—Again at Sydney—Northward bound for Torres Strait—An amateur shipwreck—Friends on the Australian coast—Perils of a coral sea. A call for careful navigation—Three hours' steering in twenty-three days—Arrival at the Keeling Cocos Islands—A curious chapter of social history—A welcome from the children of the islands—Cleaning and painting the Spray on the beach—A Mohammedan blessing for a pot of jam—Keeling as a paradise—A risky adventure in a small boat—Away to Rodriguez—Taken for Antichrist—The governor calms the fears of the people—A lecture—A convent in the hills. A clean bill of health at Mauritius—Sailing the voyage over again in the opera-house—A newly discovered plant named in honor of the Spray's skipper—A party of young ladies out for a sail—A bivouac on deck—A warm reception at Durban—A friendly cross-examination by Henry M. Helena—Land in sight. In the isle of Napoleon's exile—Two lectures—A guest in the ghost-room at Plantation House—An excursion to historic Longwood—Coffee in the husk, and a goat to shell it—The Spray's ill luck with animals—A prejudice against small dogs—A rat, the Boston spider, and the cannibal cricket—Ascension Island. In the favoring current off Cape St.
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Skip to main content. Tails Mishap Sailing. Author: Terrenski.
On board the foot wooden vessel, three-quarters of a mile off the coast of Plymouth Hoe, Conrad Humphreys points to a patch of calm water on the starboard side. It looks like a rectangle of smooth glass blown into the ruffled surface of the sea. That is where the wind is; there is always something to aim for, you just have to move towards it. From his earliest days at the Exe Sailing Club, competing in cadet class dinghies, Conrad has been moving towards new frontiers and challenges.