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Holbein, Montague 'Monty' - 25/08/1901
START 3 49pm Aug 24. FINISH 4 35am Aug 25. C.G.Nez. - 5 miles from Dover. Back stroke some breast stroke. Food; Raw eggs. Sandwiches. Brown bread and sugar sandwiches, hot milk and Bergen’s food. In a feeding bottle on a string. Fed every 20mins. He wore a white hat and goggles. Grease; Porpoise oil. Showing early signs of collapse. Ropes tied to a huge towel to lift him out of the water. Eyes swollen shut from exposure to salt water. Heavy seas breaking over him. Unable to see for 4 days.
Granville tug and Banshee lugger crewed by Fred Ladd, Charles Cole, James Driscoll
The three crew were each given a silver commemorative medal, with the inscription. "Presented to (name) August 24, 1901. For the very able manner in which he assisted my dear friend Tom Gray In manning the lugger Banshee through a very anxious night, during the whole 13hrs 07mins of my first attempt to swim the Channel." (Fred Ladd’s medal can be seen at the Dover Museum) On board; Mrs Holbein, Mrs Tom Gray, A Sinclair (RLSS), S C Chapman, Frank Shoreland, F May, Arthur Brown, Mr Clapham, W Broad, E Hughes, (Dover standard), R P Watson (Sporting life), Tug Crew; A Treadwell (Mate), seamen A Cadbert and P Stanley, Chief Engineer J Tagg, second engineer C Tugwell, Stoker E Stanley. Folkestone Express gives time as 13 ½ hrs