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GIRL SWIMS AROUND MANHATTAN ISLAND

Posted online: Monday, 27 June 1921

Miss Amelia Gade, Y. W. C. A. Instructor, Completes Chant in Sixteen Hours.


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Miss Amelia Gade, Y. W. C. A. Instructor, Completes Chant in Sixteen Hours.

Starting1 from a dock near the naval militia headquarters at West Ninety-eighth Street and the Hudson River at 5:20 o'clock yesterday morning. Miss Amelia Gade, a swimming instructor at the Harlem Branch of the Young- "Women's Christian Association, swam around Manhattan Island without making a stop yesterday, and arrived back at her starting point at 9:17 o'clock last night.
It was said at militia headquarters last night that Clem Corson, a State employe working as assistant armorer for the naval militia, followed Miss Gade around the course in a rowboat, and reported back that the girl completed her task without stopping, and with only one sandwich to eat during the day. She finished strong and' went to militia headquarters afterward for a shower and rubdown.
Her course took her down the Hudson River to the Battery, around the tip of the island, up the East River, through Hell Gate, across the Harlem River and then down the Hudson River to the dock from which she started. The most difficult part of the journey was going through Hell Gate, where she encountered some dangerous whirlpools, but negotiated them in safety. There was also a swift Tide against her when she turned out of the Harlem into the Hudson River on the last lap.
Miss Gade is said to be the second woman to accomplish the feat of swimming around Manhattan Island, Miss Ida Elionsky having done it in September, 1916, in 11 hours and 36 minutes, as compared to Miss Gade's time of 15 hours and 57 minutes.
Miss Gade is 22 years old and has been in this country about a year. She is a native of Denmark, where she won a reputation as a long-distance swimmer and was decorated by the King. She is 5 feet 7 and weighs about 140 pounds.

- The New York Times