Chadwick is congratulated by her father at Dover on Sept. 11 1951, after their return by launch from Sangatte
Florence Chadwick, 32-year-old San Diego, California, swimmer landed at Sangattes beach, midway between Calais and Cap Gris Nez on the French coast at 2.40 pm., on September 11, 1951 thus becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel both ways. She swam from St. Margaret’s bay, Dover, leaving there at 10.30 p.m., on September 10. In 1950 Miss Chadwick swam from France to England. Her time for the England-France crossing was 16 hours 22 minutes. Wrapped in a blanket and smiling happily, Miss Chadwick is congratulated by her father ‘Pop’ Chadwick at Dover, England on Sept. 11, 1951, after their return by launch from Sangattes, France.