Just a short note to readers following up on my Channel Crossing story about Captain Matthew Webb.

Captain Webb married in 1880, and had two children.  Sadly 3 years and 3 months later he was dead attempting another extreme stunt. Tempted by earning a fortune of £12,000 pounds, he undertook to swim across the Niagara River in the rapids below the falls, even though many considered it suicidal. 

Tempting providence, he jumped into the turbulent waters from a small boat and within 10 minutes was ensnared by a vicious whirlpool and dragged under.  It was four days before his body was recovered.  His grave can be found in Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls.

Mark McGimpsey

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One Comment on “Misadventure”

  1. Great story! We want more just like it.

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