Joshua Slocum became a naturalized American citizen while living in San Francisco in the 1860s? Slocum did not know how to swim? In his later years he was jailed for indecent exposure in an incident blamed on failing mental faculties? It is believed by some that Slocum and Spray perished at sea due to being run over by a steamship? Thousands of replicas of Spray have been built over the years; singer Burl Ives owned one? President McKinley met Slocum and gave him an autograph on September 6, 1901, shortly before the president was fatally wounded by Leon Czolgosz.
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