In 23 days Slocum made the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. At landfall, as the island's palm trees appeared, Slocum was overwhelmed with relief: "I sat on deck and gave way to my emotions. To folks in a parlor on shore, this may seem weak indeed, but I am telling the story of a voyage alone."
Across the Indian Ocean, past Madagascar in a gale, he called at Port Natal, South Africa, on Nov. 17. He rounded Cape Agulhas, on Africa's southern tip, on Christmas Day, 1897. After three months of sightseeing by train, Slocum sailed into the Atlantic again.
On May 8, 1898, the Spray passed Fernando de Noronha Island, off the horn of Brazil, and "crossed the track, homeward bound, that she had made October 24, 1895 on the voyage out.... I felt a contentment in knowing that the Spray had encircled the globe." He slowly nosed north until, at 7� 13' north latitude, "for the first time in 3 years I see the north star." By June 25 he was off Long Island and headed for Newport.
"On July 3rd, with a fair wind, the Spray waltzed beautifully round the coast and up the Acushnet to Fairhaven where I secured her to the cedar spile driven in the bank to hold her when she was launched. I could bring her no nearer home."
Slocum's journal ran as a serial in The Century Magazine, and in 1900 it was published as a book. Book sales, lectures and exhibitions brought him enough money to buy a farm, but in 1905, Slocum returned to the sea. On a voyage to South America in 1909, he and his boat vanished, never to be seen again.