Jacques de Lesseps
Jacques De Lesseps
Jacques De Lesseps pictured, left, next to his aircraft at Wanstone Court Farm on May 21, 1910, with local residents, soldiers, a press photographer, on left with a camera, and a bearded coastguard officer on the extreme right. The original photo was a Dover Express copy, but taken by Whorwells of Bench Street, Dover. Jacques crossed the Channel from Calais in his Blériotaircraft and won the Ruinart Prize, on May 21, 1910, being only the second man to fly the Channel. Bleriot was denied this prize on a technicality not having registered the date he planned to fly¡ (To win the prize, the flier had to make his crossing on a Saturday or Sunday and give notice of his intention. ) Jacques de Lesseps was the 10th son of Count Ferdinand de Lesseps, originator of the Suez Canal. Ferdinand de Lesseps married twice and had total of 17 children, Jacques was born when his father was almost 80.
Jacques De Lesseps crossed the Channel from Calais in his Bleriot on 21st May 1910
Picture of Jacques de Lesseps. Father of Kate Harris, Montague Carlton, is the smallest boy on the right of the picture with his brother Oswald immediately behind him.
Photograph by kind permission Kate Harris.