In this illustrated history, Brier Island's unique geography, sanctuary for birds, charming ferries and whale watching tours are set off by stories of visits by such luminaries as President Franklyn D. Roosevelt and Captain Joshua Slocum. Slocum, who was born on Brier Island, was the first man to sail around the world alone. His revisit to the island at the start of his wolrd tour is here fondly recalled. As is a wealth of lore based on a past deeply rooted in the sea -- whether it is the story of the cursing captain who inspired a local riddle or reports of whales with reputations for practical jokes. What emerges is a portrait of a fascinating island, many-sided and fast growing in popularity as a tourist destination.