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Donald Crowhurst

  • Birth 1932 Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Death 1 Jul 1969 At Sea
  • Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: Suicide; jumped off his boat in the middle of the Atlantic.
  • Memorial ID 12937857

Businessman, Sailor. Entered the first, highly-publicized, Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, an around-the-world race by sailors operating their craft alone. Crowhurst left Teignmouth, England, on 31 October 1968, sailing the trimaran "Teignmouth Electron". His subsequent radio messages home left no doubt that he was the clear leader and destined to win the Globe trophy and cash prize. On 10 July 1969, the "Teignmouth Electron" was found abandoned in the North Atlantic; three of the four logbooks (the fourth was missing) revealed Crowhurst had sailed only in the Atlantic, falsifying his log entries as to his positions in the race, and growing despondent about his own deception (the last few weeks show increasing irrationality), before finally going over the side. The winner of the race donated his winnings to Crowhurst's widow, and the "Teignmouth Electron" ended up deposited on a beach on the island of Cayman Brac, where it is slowly rotting to this day.

Bio by: Brian Macdonald

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Brian Macdonald
  • Added: 8 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12937857
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Crowhurst (1932–1 Jul 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12937857, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost at sea, who reports a Suicide; jumped off his boat in the middle of the Atlantic..