Captain Joshua Slocum: the First Person to Sail Solo Around the World – Left Halifax in Nova Scotia on 3 July 1895

Posted on July 2nd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 3 July 1895, Captain Joshua Slocum set sail in his boat ‘Spray’ from Sambro Island Lighthouse, near Halifax in Nova Scotia, to start his solo voyage around the world.

The 55-year-old’s voyage lasted for three years and he travelled a distance of 46,000 miles to complete the journey.

He sailed into Newport, Rhode Island, on 27 June 1898,  thus becoming the first person to sail solo around the world.

To mark his amazing feat, here’s a newspaper story from 1898 reporting on the epic voyage.

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Evening Telegraph – Monday 11 July 1898


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