Joshua’s single handed journey around the world, starting
in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, with the rebuilding of the Spray is well described in several publications. In Fairhaven there
is a stone slab monument marking the area, a meadow at the time, where the Spray was rebuilt and the journey around the world
got its start. The journey began in Boston on April 24, 1895, and officially ended more than 46,000 miles later at Newport,
Rhode Island, on June 27, 1898.
Joshua Slocum Memorial
The site is well signed from I-195 exit 18 in Fairhaven, but in looking for
the monument it we drove by it three times, and almost a fourth, before we found it. Not being sure what we were looking
for, were looking to the sea side, not the land side, of the road. If you go Fairhaven to visit the monument, follow the
signs (a right, a right, and a left). After you make the final left turn on to Pilgrim Avenue be prepared to stop before
you get to the foot of the street. As you drive down Pilgrim Avenue you will find a grassy area about the size of two house
lots on the right just before Pilgrim Avenue appears to make a 90 degree right hand turn at the end of the grassy area. The
grassy area is Cooke Memorial Park, and the monument is located at near the end of the park, and you probably just drove by
the monument. Pilgrim Avenue actually ends and intersects with Cherry Street; Pilgrim Avenue and Cherry Street form two sides
of the park, the other two sides are bordered by fenced residential lots. The monument is a stone slab with a plaque to honor
the 1988 centennial ending of his voyage. If you go to Google Earth, the memorial is located at 41º 38’ 47.81”
north by 70º 54’ 37.01” west.
There is also a memorial in the park to John Cooke, the last surviving male
pilgrim of those who came over on the Mayflower; hence the name of the park. It is a memorial to the man and does not mark
his burial place.
There are several web sites either dedicated to, or with pages on him and
the trip. I’ve listed several below, some have internal links to other sites. I know I’ve not listed all with
references to Joshua, but if you have any favorites send them along to me and I'll add them in.
Millicent Library Slocum and Cook photographs
Millicent Library (Fairhaven, MA) Joshua Slocum Centennial Page
Joshua Slocum Society International
Spray Society of Australia
Captain Joshua Slocum home page
Slocomb Family Tree: Joshua Slocum .
23 April 2012 by Walter Slocomb