Frenchman Crosses Channel With Odd Paddle Device (Jan, 1935)
Frenchman Crosses Channel With Odd Paddle Device
PROPELLING himself through the water by means of a novel paddle device known as a hydrosphere, Charles Flourons, Paris, France, successfully crossed the English Channel from Cape Griz-Nez to Dover.
Flourons’ hydrosphere consists of a ball one foot in diameter with a double-ended paddle, five feet long, passing through the center. The ball provides buoyancy and the paddles furnish necessary locomotion through the water.
Flourons operates the device by lying on his back in the water and turning the paddle with his hands. The trip was made in about 10-1/2 hours. Flourons left Cape Griz-Nez at 10:30 p.m. and landed at Dover about 8:45 the following morning.