Home/People/VIDEO. Joshua Slocum – Sailing Alone Around the World 1895-1898 AdventuresUSAVideo VIDEO. Joshua Slocum – Sailing Alone Around the World 1895-1898 24 July 2017 Less than a minute Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest Reddit WhatsApp Share via Email Print Joshua Slocum (February 20, 1844 – on or shortly after November 14, 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.