Continuing the series of posts from my new book SPLASH!
From Chapter 8: “Climb Every Mountain, Swim Every Sea.”
For the ancient Romans, the English Channel was the “horribilem salum,” the terrible swell. In late August 1875, Capt. Matthew Webb became the first person known to swim it. He’s shown here being helped out of the water at Calais, soon to be the most famous man in the world.