Robert Dowling - Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree
Year of Induction: 1970
Robert became the first person to swim the circumference of Manhattan Island in 1915 in 13 hours and 45 minutes. In 1917, he competed in a 64K (40-mile) upstream river swim in the Hudson River, USA. A few years later, as a Navy officer during World War I, Dowling proposed that swimmers set two mines into enemy harbors.