Paul Boyton

 (often misspelled Boynton) (b. June 29, 1848 in Ratthangan, Kildare County, Ireland — April 19, 1924), known as the Fearless Frogman, was a showman and adventurer some credit as having spurred worldwide interest in water sports as a hobby, particularly open-water swimming. Boyton, whose birthplace is variously listed as Dublin or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is best known for his water stunts that captivated the world, including crossing the English Channel in a novel rubber suit that functioned similarly to a kayak.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

US Copyright: April 26th. 2006. TXu1-292-939


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  In “Captain Paul Boyton: Roughing It in Rubber: 
True Adventure Story of One Man’s 25,000 Miles in a Vulcanized Rubber Suit”  shares the compelling life story of a globetrotter whose wanderlust and passion for his beliefs led him to have an impact on many lives.

  As a boy,  Paul Boyton, loved to swim and to try dangerous tricks in the water, much to the dismay of his parents, who feared he would drown. When he was fourteen Paul enlisted in the United States Navy in order to help fight in the Civil War. He would achieve the rank of yeoman before being discharged. After that, Paul was sent to work in the West Indies, where his love of the water came in handy. He easily befriended his fellow workers, who regaled one another with stories of adventure and mischief.

  Paul’s travels took him to New York, where he became a merchant in Cape May, where he also gained a reputation for saving swimmer’s lives amid the angry seas. Eventually, Paul suffered a fire and great personal loss at the death of his father,  these changes provoked him to head to Europe and enroll in the French military to aid in the cause of the Franco-Prussian war.
  
  After numerous skirmishes, battles, and brushes with the law, Paul decided to return to the United States, where he held an assortment of jobs before traveling again, this time to Africa. Eventually, he returned to the United States and settled in Atlantic City, where he worked at a life-saving service. There, he discovered the wonders of the vulcanized rubber suit and became dedicated to sharing its life-saving purposes with others. He decided to push the suit to its limits, testing it to see under which extreme conditions it would still work properly.
   
   This marked the beginning of a new set of adventures and worldwide travels for Paul, as he set out to educate people the world over in the use of the vulcanized rubber suit. The majority of the manuscript describes this quest, which was often fulfilled through elaborate and risky swimming and diving exhibitions. Word of Paul’s work spread and his reputation grew, both at home and abroad. He continued to travel, embarking on numerous expeditions on many of the United States’ great rivers. You recount the dangers he faced and survived, among them rough waters, malicious humans, and wild animals. Paul opened several amusement parks before passing away in April 1924.
     
   Supplementing your manuscript with maps, letters, diary entries, and prints adds depth and dimension to “Captain Paul Boyton: Roughing It in Rubber: True Adventure Story of One Man’s 25,000 Miles in a Vulcanized Rubber Suit.” Your exhaustive research is evident and lends credibility to your story. 
   Readers who enjoy adventure stories or quirky biographies and history would be drawn to this book.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

A spine tingling adventure story almost magical of a true American that is part of our heritage as much as Davey Crocket or Jim Bridger. A must read if interested in a true crusader for the American sprirt of, Yes, We Can!

Neil Brickfield said...

This is a great story, I am Paul Boyton's great grandson and a fan of your work. Contact me at nbrickfield@gmail.com