A Long Swim in the Thames
What is one of the longest distances ever covered by a swimmer with his hands and feet tied was traversed on the Thames on June 29 by a professional swimmer who calls himself Jules Paul Victor Gautier. He entered the Thames at Putney near the Alexandra boathouse with his hands and feet tied, and thus hampered he swam down the stream to London Bridge, a distance of over eight miles. He kept in midstream all the way, and was helped materially by tho tide, which was on the ebb, and by the wind, which at only one or two places was against him. This decided feat was witnessed by many thousands of persons. Every person on every steamer between five and seven o'clock on the Thames between Putney and London Bridge kept a look out for him, and he was repeatedly cheered, though he was too busy swimming to hear them. As ho passed under the bridges the parapets were covered with people, who gave him more cheers. Within a few yards of him a boat kept the whole distance, and in it were VV, H. Dawes, his trainer, who was in swimming costume, ready to jump over any moment should Gautier show signs of exhaustion or require assistance ; Mr Hibbs, the secretary of the London Swimming Club; Mr J. Say well, a friend and supporter of Gautier’s; and Mosley end Carter, of Putney, both professional swimmers, who sculled. Dawes, by the way, is an old West Country champion who won at Plymouth seven years in succession. The swimmer was followed by a number of boats bearing friends and people known in the swimming fraternity. Soon after seven o’clock, or two hours and eight minutes from the time he jumped into the water at Putney, he passed under London Bridge, He swims low in the water, and as the result of his having his limbs fastened wont under every stroke,
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A Long Swim in the Thames, Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889, Supplement
A Long Swim in the Thames Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889, Supplement
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