Islander (yawl)

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Name: Islander
Owner: Harry Pidgeon
Builder: Harry Pidgeon
Cost: £1,000
Laid down: 1917
Launched: 1918
Fate: Wrecked, 1947[1]
General characteristics [2]
Type: Yawl
Displacement: 12 long tons (12 t)
  • 34 ft (10 m) o/a
  • 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m) w/l
Beam: 10 ft 10 in (3.30 m)
Draft: 5 ft (1.5 m)
Sail plan:
Crew: 1

The Islander was the 34-foot yawl with which Harry Pidgeon sailed around the world single-handedly from 1921 to 1925. Pidgeon thus became the second person, after Joshua Slocum, to do so.[3] He accounts for his adventures in his book, Around the World Single-Handed: The Cruise of the "Islander" (1932).


The Islander was modelled on the Sea Bird, a 25-foot V-bottom boat that was designed by Charles D. Mower with input from Captain Thomas Fleming Day. Pidgeon built the Islander from 1917 to 1918 using only $1,000 of materials. The Islander was built mostly from oak, Douglas fir, and Oregon pine. Writing about his voyage later, Pidgeon commented that the Islander "proved to sail well, and all remarked on the ease with which she handled."

Islander was also the trade name of a California-based sailboat manufacturer.


  1. ^ "The Invisible Workshop: The Islander". 7 January 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  2. ^ Serjeant, William (31 December 2009). "Bill's Log: 'Islander' and Harry Pidgeon (1869-1954)". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  3. ^ "List of solo circumnavigators". 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2012.