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Captain Matthew Webb (19 January 1848 – 24 July 1883) was the first recorded person to swim the English Channel without the use of artificial aids for sport purpose. On 25 August 1875, Webb swam from Dover to Calais in less than 22 hours.


France to England, United Kingdom, Edward H. Temme, 1934, 15:34, First man to swim the English Channel in both directions. He swam from France to England in August 1927 and from England to France on 18 August 1934. England to France to England, United States, Florence Chadwick ...


After hearing of a failed attempt to swim the English Channel by British swimmer J.B. Johnson in 1873, Webb set his sights on becoming the first man to swim the treacherous body of water without assistance. He made his first attempt on August 12, 1875, but was stymied by high winds and bad conditions. Unfazed, he tried ...


On this day in History, Gertrude Ederle becomes first woman to swim English Channel on Aug 06, 1926. Learn more about what happened today on History.


Aug 16, 2015 ... When he became the first person to swim the English Channel, Captain Matthew Webb secured his place in the history books. To this day braving the perilous 21- mile stretch of sea is still considered a feat - more people have climbed Everest than made it from Dover to France - so, in 1875, as the only man ...


Nov 18, 2014 ... Historical footage of Trudy's Ederle's Channel swim. The song Blackbird was a hit the same year. As it is with many open water ultra endurance swimmers, they usually have a song stuck in their head. Could this have gone through her mind on the day of her swim so long ago?


Aug 5, 2016 ... Ninety years ago, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel. Here's the scoop on her famous feat, plus a few more.


Jul 28, 2010 ... Jackie Cobell has become the slowest person to swim the English Channel Photo: GEOFF ROBINSON. By Laura Roberts. 7:30AM BST ... Captain Matthew Webb was the first person to swim unassisted across the Channel in August 1875 - it took him 21 hours and 45 minutes. Mrs Cobell has raised nearly ...


Aug 7, 2015 ... Miss Gertrude Ederle, a 19-year-old New York swimmer, swam the English Channel yesterday from the French coast to England. She is the first woman to accomplish this feat, which has been performed on only five previous occasions, although her fellow countrywoman Miss Clarabelle Barrett came within ...