Tom Blower

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Tom Blower aka Torpedo Tom

Tom Blower (1914-1955) from Nottingham, Great Britain, was a British open water swimmer inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1964 as an Honor Swimmer. In 1955 at the age of 41, he died of a heart attack in his home.

Marathon Swimming Career

  • Blower made three successful English Channel crossings
    • On 4 August 1937, Blower swam from Cap Gris Nez, France to Abbots Cliff, England in 13 hours 31 minutes, beating the old record by 23 minutes.
    • On 29 August 1948, Blower swam from Archcliffe Beach for France, making him second person to successfully swim the English Channel both ways in 15 hours 31 minutes and was nicknamed 'Torpedo Tom'.
    • On 11 September 1951, Blower swma from England to France in 18 hours 42 minutes, the first leg of an abandoned double-crossing.
  • After serving honorably during World War II, Blower’s 15 hour 26 minute crossing on 27 July 1947 of the 35 km North Channel between Ireland and Scotland was unprecedented (the North Channel was first attempted in the 1920s; until 1970, Blower was the only person to successfully cross the notorious waterway with his wife Clarice Blower as part of his escort crew.

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