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The plaque commemorates Joshua Slocum who entered Port Jackson in October 1896 on the first single-handed navigation around the world. 

Joshua Slocum (1844 -1909) was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. He was a Nova Scotian -born, naturalised  American seaman and adventurer, and a noted writer. In 1900 he wrote a book about his journey; Sailing Alone Around the World, which became an international best-seller. He disappeared in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray.


Address:2 Murray Street, Australian National Maritime Museum , Darling Harbour, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.869478
Long: 151.198895
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 12th October, 1996
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Joshua Slocum

In memory of Captain Joshua Slocum (1844 - 1909) of Fairhaven, Massachussetts. USA and his yacht, Spray. Slocum entered Port Jackson on 10 October 1896 on the first single-handed circumnavigation of the globe. 

Unveiled on 12 October 1996 by Jerome F. Tolson Jr, Consul General of the United States of America. 

Anthony Fountain
Founder and Hon Secretary
Slocum Spray Society of Australia

Donated by the Joseph Blundell family

Source: MA
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