Tom Blower

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Tom Blower aka Torpedo Tom
Tom Blower (1914-1955) was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1964 as an Honour Swimmer. The swimmer from Nottingham, Great Britain made three successful English Channel crossings. In 1937, he swam from Cap Gris Nez, France to Abbots Cliff, England in 13 hours 29 minutes, beating the old record by 23 minutes. After serving honorably during World War II, Blower’s 15 hour 26 minute crossing in July 1947 of the 33.7 km (21 mile) North Channel between Ireland and Scotland was unprecedented. Since the North Channel was first attempted in the 1920s until 1970, Blower was the only person to successfully cross the notorious waterway.

He also swam from Archcliffe Beach in 1948, making him second person to successfully swim the English Channel both ways in 15 hours 26 minutes and was nicknamed 'Torpedo Tom'. In 1951, he swam the first leg of an abandoned double-crossing before he was pulled out in 18 hours 42 minutes.

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