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Slocum says: "On both sides my family were sailors; and if any Slocum should be found not so seafaring, he will show at lease an inclination to whittle models of boats and contemplate voyages" (p. 2). Do you believe that an occupation or a calling is the product of genetics, environment, both or neither?

How do you think Slocum's family reacted when he announced that the would spend several years rebuilding the Spray? How was Slocum able to survive during that time?

What preparations did Slocum have to take to set sail for the solo journey around the world? How would those preparations be different today? Would it be easier or more difficult today to make the same trip?

Discuss the pros and cons of making a solo voyage around the world. Do you feel that Slocum was hampered in any way by a lack of crew?

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