Captain Matthew Webb

Captain Matthew Webb

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Caption: On 24 July 1875, Captain Matthew Webb was the first man to swim the English Channel unaided. He swam from Dover to Calais in fewer than 22 hours. In 1883 drowned in the Whirlpool Rapids at Niagara River.

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