For His Sick Mothers Sake 1927

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    Item title reads: " For his sick mother's sake. 17 year old Canadian boy swims dangerous San Pedro Channel in 15 and 3/4 hours and wins fame and £5,000! He was the only one of 102 starters to finish."

    Catalina Island, California, United States of America (USA).

    M/S on a palm tree beach, the swimming contestants are prepared by having a thick layer of black grease smarmed over them. L/S beach with groups of people by the water including various black greasy figures making their way into the sea. They set off on their swim, going past a jetty and out into a bay. C/U one boy as he is given a drink in a cup from people in a rowing boat. A lone swimmer does a slow crawl. The winner is wrapped in blankets, he looks as if he is very cold and ill.

    Note: the black grease looks horrible and the winner looked chilled to the bone.

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    British Pathé
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    01:30:51:00 / 01:32:43:00
    G 1369
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    G 1369
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  • The swim featured here took place on 15-16 January 1927.

    "The winner is wrapped in blankets" - his name is George Young. A short article about him can be read here....

    jamied 7th Jun 2012

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