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Sir Francis Chichester

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Sir Francis Chichester

  • Birth 17 Sep 1901 Barnstaple, North Devon District, Devon, England
  • Death 26 Aug 1972 Plymouth, Plymouth Unitary Authority, Devon, England
  • Burial Shirwell, North Devon District, Devon, England
  • Memorial ID 12937892

Adventurer. While sailing on board his ketch "Gypsy Moth IV" (from August 27, 1966 to January 27, 1967), he became the second man to sail alone around the world; the first man to sail alone from west to east; the first to go the longest distance at sea before a port of call (approx. 15,000 nautical miles); and the first to do it in 226 days (bettering the time set by the fastest clipper ships a century earlier). The feat earned him a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth, who used the sword given to Sir Francis Drake, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe.

Bio by: Brian Macdonald


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Brian Macdonald
  • Added: 9 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12937892
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Francis Chichester (17 Sep 1901–26 Aug 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12937892, citing St Peter Churchyard, Shirwell, North Devon District, Devon, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .