Hine, Doris Mary

Doris Mary Hine 1905 – 2000 (a few papers call her Dorothy Hine)
Born in Lambeth but grew up in Kingston, Surrey. Her family later moved to Chichester, where she died in 2000. In 1926 she married at Whyke, near Chichester, Oscar Eckhard originally from Manchester but now farming in Gloucestershire. Oscar was 17 years her senior. In 1939 they were living in Wilton, Surrey, running a grocery shop

She spent the 1922 and 1923 seasons at Dover and Folkestone, based in Brighton under Billy Kellingley, but conditions meant she never made an attempt

Swimmer Still In Her Teens. Following close the announcement of Miss Ivy Hawke’s resolve to attempt to swim the channel, Miss Doris Hine, of the Brighton Ladies’ Swimming Club, must now be numbered among the aspirants.
18 April 1922 – Daily Herald – London, London, England

Miss Doris Hine, 19, proposes to attempt the Channel swim next August.
25 April 1922 – Western Times – Exeter

Auto-suggestion as Aid
LONDON. April 23.
Miss Doris Hine, aged 17, is the latest to announce her intention of attempting to swim the Channel. She is a disciple of Dr. E, Coue, and believes in auto-suggestion. “If I can only think hard enough I will swim the Channel,” she says, and true to Coueism, she concludes with the public announcement, “I shall do it.” She is training at Brighton. In 1921 she won a 14-mile race on the Thames.
The Herald (Melbourne) Tue 25 Apr 1922

(Émile Coué de la Châtaigneraie (1857 – 1926) was a French psychologist and pharmacist who introduced a popular method of psychotherapy and self-improvement based on optimistic autosuggestion. He came up with the mantra-like conscious auto-suggestion, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”)

Confident That She Can Swim From Shore to Shore. Miss Doris Hines, the 16-year-old Brighton girl who aspires to swim the Channel, has settled down to serious training for the attempt. Mr W. Kellingly, the well-known coach…
31 May 1922 – Dundee Evening Telegraph – Dundee, Angus, Scotland

Miss Doris Hine, a 16-year-old girl, formerly of Kingston, now of Brighton, swam in the Channel for 11½ hours. ” After the first two hours the water I felt very depressed,” she said; “but suddenly I remembered Longfellow’s poem…
08 September 1922 – Dundee Evening Telegraph – Dundee, Angus, Scotland

Two new Channel swimming aspirants arrived at Dover on Saturday evening. They are Carbis Walker, an American who recently swam across Lake Erie, a distance of 32 miles, and Miss Doris Hine, who three years ago won the Surrey Ladies’ Swimming 15 mile race in the Thames. Eight swimmers are now awaiting better luck with the weather
27 August 1923 – The Sportsman – London, London, England

TO SWIM THE CHANNEL. A young girl in her 17th year, Miss Doris Hine, whose family recently came to live at 12 Whyke Road, Chichester, is among those who are ambitious to swim the Channel.
30 August 1923 – West Sussex Gazette – Arundel, Sussex, England

Doris Hine, aged 17, of Brighton, where she has swum in a choppy sea for 11½ hours at a time, has gone to Folkestone to try to swim the Channel as soon as conditions are favourable.
03 September 1923 – Dundee Evening Telegraph – Dundee, Angus, Scotland

Miss Doris Hine postponed her attempted Channel swim from Dover owing to the unfavourable weather conditions yesterday morning .
05 September 1923 – The Scotsman – Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Miss Hine and Channel Swim. Misfortune seems to dogging the steps of Miss Doris Hine, the seventeen-year-old daughter of Mrs. Hine, of 12, Whyke Road, Chichester, in connection with her attempt to swim the Channel. Her latest set-back has been a nasty cold, and under doctor’s orders, she has been obliged to postpone her attempt again. She hopes, however, to make the effort next week
12 September 1923 – Chichester Observer – Chichester, Sussex, England

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