Walter Poenisch Showcased On Travel Channel

Courtesy of Travel Channel, Strait of Florida, Cuba – Florida.

Titanic Baker, Psychic Scammer and Cuban Swimmer Crisis, a program about on Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum program premiered on September 19th.

Mysteries at the Museum is a program hosted by Don Wildman that delves into the world’s greatest institutions to unearth extraordinary relics that reveal incredible secrets from the past. Through compelling interviews, rare archival footage and arresting recreations, Mysteries at the Museum illuminates the hidden treasures at the heart of history’s most incredible triumphs, sensational crimes and bizarre encounters.

Titanic Baker, Psychic Scammer and Cuban Swimmer Crisis showcased the tale of a brave baker, revealed the secret behind a sinister psychic, and investigates the background of Walter Poenisch.

Poenisch (1913 – 2000) was a former American fin swimmer who completed open water swims in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, and in the Atlantic Ocean where he set three records. He was called the World’s Strongest Endurance Swimmer as he towed a 30-ton paddlewheel boat while swimming with his hands and feet shackled.

He completed a swim from Cuba to The Little Duck Key in Florida at the age of 65 in 1978. His solo swim covered 207 km in 34 hours 15 minutes. He was escorted by Captain Bendt Lynge, observer and authenticator J. Marvin Mims, President of the International Federation of Professional Ocean Swimmers and Divers, Glenn Drummond, escort boat owner, and his wife Fayette Poenisch. He is only open water swimmer who is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, but not the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

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