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    Item title reads: "The Channel Cycled Now. Rene Savard completes novel feat in just 6 Hours. "

    Calais To Dover

    M/S flower decked craft made of a bicycle mounted on a boat, which is carried and lowered down into the water. The rider waves as he passes on his way out to the sea. At sea, he throws out the flowers, which are actually wreaths, in memory of those who died at sea, and cycles on in the cold grey sea.

    Note: A touching memorial without much ceremony and a crazy device.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:48:00 / 01:38:45:00
    G 1452
    Sort Number:
    G 1452
  • Appears in...

    Travel & Exploration
    Images of "austerity"
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (1)

  1. Dominique says

    René Savard crossed the Channel on this hydrocycle called the "Nautilette" twice: on 17 November 1927 and on 5 November 1930. The Nautilette had been built at Puteaux/France in the workshops of "Austral", a French brand of motorcycles and bicycles. In 1929 Savard gave his Nautilette to the young model Aimée Pfanner, who also succeeded in crossing the Channel pedaling on this hydrocycle.
    She's in this movie:
    The story of the Nautilette (in French) with lots of pictures of René Savard is here:

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