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Captain Matthew Webb (19 January 184824 July 1883) was the first person to swim the English Channel without the use of artificial aids. On 25 August 1875 he swam from Dover to Calais in less than 22 hours. is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1848 (MDCCCXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... For the Thoroughbred racehorse of the same name, see English Channel (horse). ... is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1875 (MDCCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Arms of Dover Borough Council This article is about the English port. ... Calais (Kales in Dutch) is a town in northern France, located at 50°57N 1°52E. It is in the département of Pas-de-Calais, of which it is a sous-préfecture. ...

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Early Life and Career

He was born at Dawley in Shropshire, one of 12 children of a Coalbrookdale doctor. He joined the merchant navy and served a three- year apprenticeship with Rathbone Brothers of Liverpool. Dawley is a small town in the borough of Telford and Wrekin and ceremonial county of Shropshire, England. ... Shropshire (pronounced /, -/), alternatively known as Salop[6] or abbreviated Shrops[7], is a county in the West Midlands of England. ... Coalbrookdale is a settlement in a side valley of the Ironbridge Gorge in the borough of Telford and Wrekin and ceremonial county of Shropshire, England. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Merchant Marine. ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ...


Whilst serving as second mate on the Cunard ship Russia, travelling from New York to Liverpool, he attempted to rescue a man overboard by diving into the sea in the mid-Atlantic. The man was never found, but Webb's daring won him an award of £100 and the Stanhope Medal, and made him a hero of the British press. Cunard may refer to: Samuel Cunard (1787–1865), British shipping magnate. ... This article is about the state. ...


English Channel Swimming Record

In 1873 Webb was serving as captain of the steamship Emerald when he read an account of the failed attempt by J. B. Johnson to swim the English Channel. He became inspired to try himself, and left his job to begin training, first at Lambeth Baths, then in the cold waters of the Thames and the English Channel.


On 12 August 1875 he made his first cross-Channel swimming attempt, but strong winds and poor sea conditions forced him to abandon the swim. is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1875 (MDCCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


On 24 August 1875 he began a second swim by diving in from the Admiralty Pier at Dover. Backed by three chase boats and smeared in porpoise oil, he set off into the ebb tide at a steady breaststroke. Despite stings from jellyfish and strong currents off Cap Gris Nez which prevented him reaching the shore for five hours, finally, after 21 hours and 45 minutes, he landed near Calais – the first successful cross-channel swim. His zig-zag course across the Channel was over 39 miles (64 km) long. is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1875 (MDCCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... , Dover is a major channel port in the English county of Kent. ... Cap Gris Nez is a cape on the Côte dOpale, in the Pas-de-Calais département, in northern France. ... Calais (Kales in Dutch) is a town in northern France, located at 50°57N 1°52E. It is in the département of Pas-de-Calais, of which it is a sous-préfecture. ...


Later Life

After his record swim Captain Webb basked in national and international adulation, and followed a career as a professional swimmer. He licensed his name for merchandising such as commemorative pottery, and wrote a book called The Art of Swimming. A brand of matches was named after him. He participated in exhibition swimming matches and stunts such as floating in a tank of water for 128 hours.


On 27 April 1880 he married Madeline Kate Chaddock, and they had two children, Matthew and Helen. is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


His final stunt was to be a dangerous swim across the Niagara River in the rapids below Niagara Falls for a prize of £12,000 – a feat many observers considered suicidal. At 4.25pm on 24 July 1883 he jumped into the river from a small boat and began his swim. Within 10 minutes he had become caught in the current and was dragged under by a whirlpool. His body was found four days later and buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls. Satellite image of the Niagara River. ... For other uses, see Niagara Falls (disambiguation). ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article is about the water movement. ...


In 1909, Webb's elder brother Thomas unveiled a memorial in Dawley. On it reads the short inscription: "Nothing great is easy." Dawley is a small town in the borough of Telford and Wrekin and ceremonial county of Shropshire, England. ...


Cultural references

John Betjeman's poem "A Shropshire Lad" (1940) commemorates the death of Captain Webb, portraying his ghost swimming back along the canal to Dawley.[1] A collection of Betjemans poetry, published by John Murray in January 2006 Sir John Betjeman CBE (28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Whos Who as a poet and hack. He was born to a middle-class family...


Captain Webb's picture on boxes of Bryant and May matches is said to be the inspiration for the character of Clouseau, portrayed originally in the Pink Panther movies by Peter Sellers.[citation needed] Bryant and May was a United Kingdom company involved in making matches. ... The Pink Panther cartoon character. ... This article is about the British actor. ...


The band Christmas Fuller Project make reference to Captain Webb in 2 songs on their album The Philosophy of Time Travel (2007). The songs are "Captain Webb vs. The English Channel" and "1875."[2]


References

  1. ^ A Shropshire Lad. www.sanjeev.net website. Retrieval Date: February 17, 2008.
  2. ^ Track Listing for The Philosophy of Time Travel. www.allmusic.com. Retrieval Date: February 17, 2008.

is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...

Further reading

  • Elderwick, David (1987). Captain Webb - Channel Swimmer. ISBN 0-947731-23-7. 
  • Sprawson, Charles (1992). Haunts of the Black Masseur - The Swimmer as Hero. ISBN 0-8166-3539-0. 
  • Watson, Kathy (2000). The Crossing - The Curious Story of the First Man to Swim the English Channel. ISBN 0-7472-2341-6. 

External links

  • Photo
  • Two images from the Niagara Falls Public Library (Ont.)

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