Joshua Slocum

1860 – 1909

Photographs of

Brier Island
Digby County
Nova Scotia

GPS location:   44°15'19"N   66°20'31"W
Google map showing this location

Joshua Slocum monument, general view looking northeast

Joshua Slocum plaque

Joshua Slocum monument, general view looking north

Joshua Slocum monument, general view looking southeast

The above photographs were taken on 16 June 2003.

Grand Passage ferry Joshua Slocum at Westport
Grand Passage ferry Joshua Slocum at Westport
Photographed on 1 July 2003.

On 1 March 2004, the Joshua Slocum ferry was retired from the service of the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation, after thirty years of carrying automobiles and passengers over the two ferry routes on Digby Neck. On 17 March tender number 60122548 was issued, closing at 2:00pm on 14 April, for the "disposal of one surplus 15-vehicle ferry known as the Joshua Slocum, located in Westport, Brier Island, Nova Scotia." The Joshua Slocum was built in 1973, and was the oldest vessel in province's fleet, which consists of seven operating ferries and two spares (four are cable ferries).
Particulars of the Joshua Slocum:
Length: 29.1m
Beam: 11.9m
Depth: 2.3m
Draft: 1.8m
Gross Registered Tonnes: 240.4
Propulsion power: two Caterpillar diesel engines, 365 horsepower each
Built: 1973 in Dartmouth
The Joshua Slocum is offered for sale "as is, where is"
Estimated value as is: C$200,000
— Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 18 March 2004

Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Walter Gray - back again [and update]
The small deck ferry Joshua Slocum was built in Halifax in 1973 by Halifax Metal Workers for the Minister of Highways.  It entered service on the short run between East Ferry, and Tiverton, Digby, County.  Fitted with twin steerable props – one at each end, it could carry 15 cars (or a combination of trucks, school buses and cars)... It was double ended, meaning it did not have to turn in the very stiff tidal currents running through Petite Passage.  It was expected to carry 54,000 vehicles per year...
–Source: Shipfax: Shipping News from Halifax by Mac Mackay

Links to Relevant Websites

June 27, 1898: Down to the Sea in Ships, and Then Some
This Day in Tech: Events that Shaped the Wired World
Wired 27 June 2008

Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
(Project Gutenberg online book)

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Westport war memorial Westport war memorial Westport

Freeport war memorial Freeport war memorial Freeport

Tiverton war memorial Tiverton war memorial Tiverton

Little River war memorial Little River war memorial Little River

Rossway war memorial Rossway war memorial Rossway

S.S. Princess Louise monument S.S. Princess Louise monument Point Prim

Bay View cannons Bay View cannons Bay View

Loyalist Park cannons Loyalist Park cannons Digby

Edward Phinley Morse historic plaques, Clementsport Edward Phinley Morse plaques Clementsport

Barton war memorial Barton war memorial Barton

Donald McKay memorial Donald McKay memorial Jordan Falls

Captain James Cook monument Captain James Cook monument Halifax

John Cabot 1497 memorial John Cabot 1497 memorial Aspy Bay

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First uploaded to the Internet:   2003 July 02
Added Google Map link:   2007 December 09
Latest update:   2013 October 11