Channel Crossing Biography
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Below is a list of the first channel crossings by various unusual means:
1862 First crossing on a bale of straw: William Hoskins
1867 First crossing by canoe: John MacGregor
1876 First crossing by 'levitation': Ralph Stott (in a hoax machine using a mystery power supply, in an attempt to con investors).
1878 First crossing on water-skis: F.Fowler, USA.
1883 First crossing by bicycle: Terah Terry (tricycle mounted on canoe body).
1894 First crossing by Welsh Coracle: Dr. Douglas.
1903 First crossing by kite: S. F. Cody (Texas), in a boat dragged across the channel by a kite.
1935 First crossing by car: Jakob Baulig & Dr. W. Pickel (Germany), an amphibious car.
1949 First crossing by performing seal: An American radio stunt (the seal took 5 hours)
1961 First crossing by bed: Bob Platten, on an iron bedstead slung on fuel tank floats, (6 hrs. 45 mins.)
1962 First crossing by tandem: Ronald Brooks & James Wood; tandem mounted on floats (7 hrs. 50 mins.)
1963 First crossing by tractor: David Tapp; 3 ton amphibious tractor (7 hrs. 50 mins).
1963 First crossing by barrel: Bob Platten (fitted with outboard motor)
1965 First crossing by gin bottle: Bob Platten, (sponsored by Gilbey's Gin)
1969 First crossing by shoe: Bob Platten (sponsored by British Leather)
1976 First crossing by sofa: a three-piece suite on a wooden raft, powered by an outbaord motor, set out as a living room complete with a standard lamp.
1980 First crossing by windsurfer: Paul Marklew (4 hrs, 57 mins.)
1980 First crossing by wet-bike (Jet-Bike): George Blythe
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