Historicist: The Catalina Kid and the Black Shark

Published: 12/08/2017
Historicist: The Catalina Kid and the Black Shark
Source: TORONTOIST.COM

The world’s top marathon swimmers compete at the 1927 CNE. In the early hours of January 16, 1927, an exhausted 17-year-old Toronto swimmer named George Young reached a beach on mainland California, having spent 15 hours and 46 minutes in the Pacific Ocean, during which he covered a distance of more than 20 miles. Young was the winner of—and indeed, the only contestant to finish—the […] The

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