Slocum, Joshua

Slocum, Joshua

(1844–c. 1910) mariner, adventurer, author; born in Wilmot Township, Nova Scotia, Canada. His family was of Loyalist descent. He went to sea as a cook and sailed in the Pacific Ocean. He became a naturalized American citizen and married twice (an Australian and an American). He built an 80-ton steamer in the Philippines (1874) and was prosperous until 1886. After being wrecked off Brazil (1887), he, his wife, and two sons built a 35-foot sailing canoe and returned to New York City. Aboard the 35-foot Spray, he sailed around the world alone (1895–98), traveling 46,000 miles. He retired to West Tisbury, Mass., and wrote Sailing Alone Around the World (1900). He sailed again in the Spray (1909) and was never heard from again.
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Her grandchildren, Gregory P Slocum, Joshua and Sarah Slocum, Caroline and Emma Steinkrauss, and Laurel Cerrud also survive her.