Gertrude Ederle, the First Woman to Swim the English Channel – 6 August 1926

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 6 August 1926, Gertrude Ederle, at just 20 years of age, became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

At the same time, she also set a new record time of 14 hours and 39 minutes for swimming the Channel – her record stood for 24 years.

Gertrude was an amazing woman who, despite suffering from deafness from an early age, achieved some wonderful things in life, including the winning of a gold medal at the 1924 Olympics in Paris.

To celebrate her historic feat, here is a newspaper report that was published the day after Gertrude became the first woman to swim the Channel.

historical newspaper report about gertrude ederley

historical newspaper report about gertrude ederley

Aberdeen Journal – Saturday 07 August 1926

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