Monty Holbein and Ted Heaton shaking hands at Dover seafront

Photograph of Monty Holbein and Ted Heaton shaking hands

Ted Heaton failed in his attempt to swim the channel on 31/8/1907 while Monty Holbein failed in his attempt to swim the channel on 1/9/1907

Edward ‘Ted’ Heaton in 1905 – 1911 made 7 attempts but all failed. On 31/8/07 he joined Wolffe and Stearne who also failed. He was the superintendent of Liverpool Corporation Baths

England to France: 26/7/05 (failed 6h 17m), 5/8/07 (failed 10h 2m), 31/8/07 (failed 10h 5m), 3/9/07 (failed 2h 45m), 27/8/09 (failed 15h 20m), 1/9/10 (failed 15h 43m), 8/8/11 (failed 10hrs 30m).

Montague ‘Monty’ Holbein. Made 11 attempts but all failed. The attempt in 1904 was in the first ever Channel Race –  Holbein, Greasley and Haggerty were each sponsored by a different newspaper (Holbein’s was the Daily Mirror) but none finished. Holbein’s pacemaker was Burgess and his wife played gramophone records to keep him entertained. His boat was the Tug ‘Scotia’ under Captain Anning, piloted by Captain Foster.

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