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Joshua Slocum in Google Earth: Echo Mountain to Fortescue Bay

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On the morning after anchoring under Echo Mountain and taking on board more wood, Slocum fires up his stove to brew a cup of coffee and he cremates the allegorical spider that was ripped apart by his little “Bostonian” counterpart. He reaches over to Coffee Island, which he had named on his birthday, 20Feb1896. At that time, the island had sheltered him from strong winds, but this time the gale that springs up forces him into the lee of Charles Island.

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Previously, Charles Island was deserted but since then a group of Fuegians has come over from Fortescue Bay. They take to their canoes and come after the Spray. Rifle in hand, Slocum allows one canoe to approach and once again he encounters Black Pedro, Tierra del Fuego’s most-wanted.

After successfully dealing with Black Pedro, Slocum sails over to Fortescue Bay knowing that the waters of the strait are too rough for the Fuegians to follow.

This section of Joshua Slocum’s journey is part of Chapter IX of Sailing Alone Around the World, and this post is a trailer for the adventure that I am retelling in Google Earth at:

Copyright © Colin Hazlehurst, 2012

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