shortly after November 14, 1909) was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. He was a Canadian born, naturalised American seaman and adventurer, and a noted writer. In 1900 he told the story of this in Sailing Alone Around the World. He disappeared in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray.
Sailing Alone Around the World (1899) is the famous sailing memoir by Joshua Slocum about his single-handed global circumnavigation aboard the ship Spray. Slocum was the first person to sail around the world alone. The book was an immediate success and highly influential in inspiring later travelers.