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Matthew Webb [Captain Webb] (1848–1883) by Elliott & Fry, c. 1875 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Webb, Matthew [known as Captain Webb] (1848–1883), swimmer, was born on 18 January 1848 at Dawley, Shropshire, one of a family of twelve children of Matthew Webb (1813–1876), a country doctor, and his wife, Sarah. By the age of eight he had learned to swim in the ...