Joshua Slocum: The Captain Who Sailed Around the World

by Casey, Quentin

(1 customer review)

CAD $15.95

Written by a journalist, this investigative look at Slocum’s life takes you from Slocum’s upbringing on Brier Island, Nova Scotia, around the globe with him on the world’s first solo navigation, to his mysterious disappearance. Casey provides insights into Slocum’s personal life and troubles, on and off the sea. Includes more than 60 photos, maps, and illustrations.

ISBN 10: 1771081422
ISBN 13: 9781771081429
Pages: 128
Published: 2014
Format: softcover
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1 review for Joshua Slocum: The Captain Who Sailed Around the World

  1. Ontario Sailor Magazine

    In the sailing world, Joshua Slocum is a giant. The Nova Scotia-born mariner became the first person to sail solo around the world when he set out in 1895 with only $1.50 in his pocket to accomplish the feat in three years aboard his 36 ft. wooden sloop, Spray. The author, a Canadian East Coast sailor and journalist with a master’s in maritime history from Dalhousie University, digs into Slocum’s mysterious life and disappearance, unearthing troubles both on land and at sea. While working as a sea captain, hauling timber and other goods across oceans, Slocum faced shipwreck, indebtedness, the death of his first wife and some of their children, and the killing of a crew member during an onboard uprising. Slocum’s first wife, Virginia, gave birth to seven of their children, many while living aboard, with only four surviving. Slocum owned five working ships before purchasing a part interest in Northern Light, a three-masted, three-deck, 220 ft. vessel when he was only 36. He faced a mutiny aboard this ship. The book is well researched and illustrated with colourful photos and graphics.

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