Bert Thomas Monument
From OpenwaterpediaBert Thomas. who was the first person to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca (Juan de Fuca Strait) on 8 July 1955 in 11 hours 10 minutes. He also was an English Channel swimmer (in 19 hours 28 minutes).
Strait of Juan de Fuca
The Strait of Juan de Fuca is the Salish Sea outlet to the Pacific Ocean and the international boundary between the United States and Canada. At the age of 29, Thomas swam 18.3 miles (29.4 km) from Port Angeles, Washington in the USA to Victoria, British Columbia in Canada to win $3,500 in prize money. In May 1956, Thomas swam between West Seattle and Tacoma, a distance of 18.5 miles (29.7 km) in 15 hours 23 minutes. In 1958, he attempted to be the first person to accomplish a two-way crossing of the English Channel, but retired due to a leg cramp on the return trip.