Joshua Slocum’s voyage on Google Earth

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J. M. Ahlbrand, an e-education consultant and sailing buff, has created a fascinating Google Earth document that lets one follow in Joshua Slocum and Spray’s footsteps on his epic first-ever solo sail around the world.

From the author:

I have just completed a little project and would welcome some feedback/suggestions for improvement.

I have created a textually enabled map of the voyage of Joshua Slocum the first man to circumnavigate the world single-handed.

This interactive adventure is divided into 8 segments or “legs”. This is not just a path to follow, rather, it is an opportunity for the “adventurer” to explore the world through modern eyes from the perspective of Capt. Slocum.

There are over 100 waypoints. Each waypoint has excerpts from Capt. Slocum’s book Sailing Alone Around the World.

Follow the voyage of Captain Joshua Slocum on his historic quest to become the first man to circumnavigate the globe alone.

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7 Responses to “Joshua Slocum’s voyage on Google Earth”


  1. 1 Peter Mirow

    Hey, nice!
    Thanks for this one.
    Peter

  2. 2 Lionel Ansselin

    I downloaded your KMZ file as instructed.

    I got an error message when I tried to run your file. The new version of Google earth does not recognise the file format and is complaining. Anyway It does not run.

    What should I do now?

  3. 3 lisa

    Many thanks for this view. I had been trying to figure this out on my own throughout each chapter. So grateful to find upon my requesting a map of the voyage of Capn JS.

  4. 4 David Blanchette

    I m involved with the NEW Bedford Whaling Museum which is across the river from Fairhaven, MA. Fairhaven is where Joshua Slocum rebuilt the SPRAY. I was excited to discover your Google Earth creation but cannot download it properly. I got an error message when I tried to run your file. The new version of Google earth does not recognise the file format and is complaining.
    Any solution?

  5. 5 JohnA

    I click the link (above) to download the KMZ file and cannot open it as it gives me an error message (Adobe Reader). I’ve tried to download KMZ from other sites but can’t get beyond the rubbish and spyware that comes with the downloads. AND… when I download KMZ then what do I do with it?????

    Are there any instructions available to actually view your file? I’ve tried everything including searching Google Earth for some kind of reference. Thanks, J

  6. 6 David

    OK guys it is not hard. Just “Save Link As…” the file to your local drive. Start up Google Earth. Go to File > Open, and open the file. There you go!

    Or,

    Go to http://maps.google.com with your browser, and then paste the URL of the .kmz file into the search entry place there. Then you can see it in your browser without installing Google Earth. Enjoy.

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