The Drowning of Captain Webb at Niagara Falls – 24 July 1883

Posted on July 23rd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 24 July 1883, Captain Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel, drowned in the Whirlpool Rapids at Niagara River, below the Falls.

To mark the sad day, here are two newspaper stories from July 1883 that report on Webb’s drowning, including a report of Captain Webb’s thoughts on how he would successfully perform the swim.

historical newspaper report about The Drowning of Captain Webb at Niagara Falls

Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 27 July 1883

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historical newspaper report about The Drowning of Captain Webb at Niagara Falls

Nottingham Evening Post – Thursday 26 July 1883

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historical newspaper report about The Drowning of Captain Webb at Niagara Falls

The Graphic – Saturday 04 August 1883

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