Gleitze, Miss Mercedes
Mercedes Anna Gleitze (Brighton)
18 Nov 1900 – 9 Feb 1981
Mercedes Gleitze had one successful English Channel swim, on the 7 Oct 1927. Her time was 15hrs 15mins, France to England.
She had 14 unsuccessful attempts; 9 England-France, 6 France-England, between 1922 and 1933. The times varied from 1hr to 14hrs 59mins.
She was the first women to attempt to swim the North Channel – Ireland to Scotland, which she attempted 5 times. She was the first person to swim the Straits of Gibraltar, on her 6th attempt in 1928. She also completed 51 endurance swims, 14 swims from 26hrs to 40hrs 30mins in just one year.
She Married Patrick J Carey 1930 in Dover, with the Zittenfield twins as Bridesmaids. Gave birth to a daughter Doloranda in 1935. She died in Hendon, Middlesex 1981