Sunday, 13 July 2014

Matthew Webb in Dover

Matthew Webb in Dover

3) From the Dover Marina, walk  along the seafront.

As you walk you will pass a statue of Matthew Webb, who on 24 August 1875 became the first man to swim the English Channel. He took a total of 21 hours and 45 minutes to get to France, after being stung by a jellyfish and caught in cross currents at Cap Gris Nez. There is also a statue of Charles Rolls (of Rolls-Royce fame) who in 1910 was the first man to fly across the Channel and back again without stopping.

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