Photograph of a Wrigley Ocean Marathon swimmer rescued from the cold water of the Catalina Channel standing on the gang plank of a boat covered with a blanket. Spectators watch from either side of the gang plank.
View of 4 swimmers, a woman on the left and 3 men on the right, on the shore before the start of the Wrigley Ocean Marathon at Isthmus Cove, Santa Catalina Island. They are all covered in dark oil to provide insulation against the cold ocean temperature. Spectators observe from higher ground behind the swimmers and a number placard for swimmer 28 is on the right.
Pauline Jackson is referenced as an open water swimmer in this article: "Leaders Here Boost Pauline Jackson. C. C. Firzgerald Heads Group Promoting Benefit for English Channel Aspirant. $15,000 Is Objective. Royal And Out-town Theatres Aiding Swimmer." The Afro-American, Feb. 1928: 20
View of boats and swimmers with their heads just visible above the water in Isthmus Cove at the start of the Wrigley Ocean Marathon, Santa Catalina Island. A boat in the center carries the identification placard for swimmer number 39 (Hjalmer J. Johnson, who resided at 2832 Kerskhoff Avenue, San Pedro, Calif.). The name of the larger boat on the left is partially visible as "...Patrick." During the marathon swim, a boat with a swim coach and at least one official observer followed each participant.
View of row boats and swimmers with their heads just visible above the water in Isthmus Cove at the start of the Wrigley Ocean Marathon, Santa Catalina Island. During the marathon swim, a boat with a swim coach and at least one official observer followed each participant. Somewhat larger boats are in the background and a steam ship named "Avalon" is on the left.
View of the shore of Isthmus Cove on Santa Catalina Island on the day of the Wrigley Ocean Marathon. Placards with the numbers assigned to the swimmers, on sticks stuck in the sand, line the shore along with a few small boats. A few marathon workers are among the placards and boats and a few spectators stand on the higher ground behind them with a small building in the distance. The absence of the swimmers indicates that the time is either somewhat before or after the 11:00 am start of the marathon.
Photograph of a Wrigley Ocean Marathon swimmer rescued from the cold ocean. He is covered in blankets on a stretcher that 2 men carry down the gang plank of a boat. Spectators on either side of the gang plank watch.
Norman DeMille Ross was an American competition swimmer who won five events at the Inter-Allied Games in June 1919, held at Joinville-Le-Pont near Paris, and three gold medals at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. He set thirteen world records and held eighteen U.S. National Championships during his career.