One Great Achievement More

One Great Achievement More

Courtesy of Doloranda Pember about her mother Mercedes Gleitze.

Doloranda Hannah Pember provided information about her mother’s swim of 30 hours in Cork, Ireland on February 25th and 26th 1930.

Gleitze‘s swim took place in the Eglington Street Swimming Baths under the watchful eyes of stewards from the Munster Branch of the Irish Amateur Swimming Association.

Her primary sustenance during the 30-hour endurance swim was Bradley’s bottled milk and ground coffee. She was entertained by Fred Curran, a well-known music hall comedian.
Isabel Burke of Rocksavage, Cork wrote the following lines that she dedicated to Gleitze:

One Great Achievement More

Felicitations! Neptune smiles on thee:
Thou’st won thy test in Cork upon the Lee.
Methinks thy trust in One who e’er hath power
Than strengthened thee throughout each stressful hour.

Aye, music’s charms were glorious to thine ear;
From Irish hearts sprang forth a wondrous cheer.
One great achievement more, fresh glory, yet…
On, onward still, thy pluck we’ll n e’er forgot.

Excelsior’s thy motto … Not in vain-
Bravo! The world’s record thou must gain.
Then, laurel-crowned thy future sure will be.
Adieu! Good luck! from Cork upon the Lee.


Photo by Ram Barkai shows daughter Doloranda Pember and a photo of her mother Mercedes Gleitze above her at the International Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.

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