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Joshua Slocum

 

Date Born: 2/20/1844
Place of Birth: Wilmot, Nova Scotia Canada
Place of Death: At sea, Somewhere in the Atlantic


Joshua Slocum was a working seaman whose adventures included building an ocean-going junk-rigged canoe in South America to transport his family home (see The Voyage of the Liberdade), and restoring a decrepit oystering boat and then sailing alone around the world, the first man to do so. His story of that voyage, Sailing Alone Around the World, has inspired countless ocean cruisers, harbor daysailors, and landlubbers. Read it for the sailing, the picture of a world only recently passed, or for the crusty bluenose humor.


Books by Joshua Slocum on Riapress.com

Sailing Alone Around the World

By: Joshua Slocum


A Nova Scotian rebuilds an old oyster boat and sails around the world in the seminal work for singlehanded sailors.


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The Voyage of the Liberdade

By: Joshua Slocum


The Slocum family, wrecked on the South American coast, builds themselves a junk-rigged canoe and sails home.


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Voyage of the Destroyer, from New York to Brazil

By: Joshua Slocum




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Author Bibliography

Books by Joshua Slocum (all available from Ria Press):
The Voyage of the Liberdade, first published in 1890.
The Voyage of the Destroyer, first published in 1894.
Sailing Alone Around the World, first published in 1900.

Books about Joshua Slocum:
Bernardin, Guy, Sailing around the world: a family retraces Joshua Slocum's voyage. Sheridan House: United States. 2002.
Joyce, Jessie Slocum, Joshua Slocum sailor; a biography written by Beth Day, from the story told by his daghter Jessie Slocum Joyce. Houghton Mifflin: United States. 1953.
Lopes, Myra A., Captain Slocum's life before and after The Spray. RPI: United States. 1997.
Roberts-Goodson, R. Bruce, Spray : the ultimate cruising boat . Sheridan House: United States. 1995.
Slocum, Victor, Capt. Joshua Slocum; the life and voyages of America's best known sailor. Sheridan House: United States. 1950.
Spencer, Ann, Alone at sea: the adventures of Joshua Slocum. Doubleday: Canada. 1998.
Teller, Walter Magnes, The search for Captain Slocum, a biography. Scribners: United States. 1956.