On this day in 1875, Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel.
After having making an unsuccessful attempt earlier in the month, Webb began his second attempt from Admiralty Pier at Dover on August 24th. He was backed by three escort boats and smeared in porpoise oil. 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 long.
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