Captain Boyton, an American, crossed the Channel in his

life-dress on the 28th and 29th May, 1875. The dress, which

is made of valcanised india-rubber, consists of two parts,

the upper half covering the body, head, arms and hands,

leaving an oval opening in the hood for the face, and the

lower pantaloons and boots united, the two parts being joined

at the waist by a steel belt enclosed in the india-rubber.

The dress has five chambers for inflation, with tubes within reach of wearer's mouth. Clad in thei unique dress, with a paddle, a lantern and other appliciants, Boyton started from Dover at 2.30am on the 10th April but the weather proving inclement, he gave up near the Varne, after being in the water for fifteen hours. On the 28th May, he tried again, starting

from Cape Grisnez, in France, and succeeded in reaching

the South Foreland, after being in the water

twenty-and-a- half hours.

 

                                                                       from Dover 1887 Year Book

 

Paul BOYTON (Captain)  April 10 1875 attempted to cross Channel in a floating dress;
May 29 1875 paddled across Channel in his life-saving dress  
(Dover Express 24.8.1923 p.8 col.3)
1875 10 April  BOYTON in “costume” (Dover dates)
1875 -  29 May BOYTON succeeded  (Dover dates)