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Capt. Boyton

Capt. Boyton unable to perform due to prior engagements Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


Cleveland, Ohio

R.W. McMichael, Esq.

Dear Sir,

Your letter was handed to me just as we were leaving Tolchester Beach, and in the hurry of getting in baggage, I just had time to glance at it. When I got to Phila. I could not find it again. So I got your address in Clipper. This accounts for delay in answering. I am sorry to say I have not got a day open this year; every date is filled until Nov. 1st. I enclose you my permanent address and perhaps next year we may make arrangements.

Yours very respectfully,

Paul Boyton


Capt. Paul Boyton

Letterhead containing pictures of Capt. Boyton engaging in various activites, such as riding a unicycle on water in tuxedo and enjoying a meal in the water. Other pictures show him relaxing in the water, perusing a newspaper, etc.

Paul Boyton was an adventurer. His biography - The Story of Paul Boyton: Voyages on All the Great Rivers of the World is available on Project Gutenberg. He developed a rubber suit as a life-saving device for steamship passengers, with compartments filled with air so it would float. Boyton then paddled around in it, feet first, down many rivers, including 2000 miles down the Ohio and Mississipi Rivers and across the English Channel. He later operated an aquatic circus as a road show for a number of years, but eventually decided to settle down. In 1895 he bought 16 acres in New York and opened his Sea Lion Park. It was the first outdoor amusement park in the world; one enclosed by a fence with an admission charged at the gate, and later became Coney Island.

Additional images of Paul Boyton can be found at New York Public Library - Captain Boyton’s voyage.


Collection Location:
Allegany County Library

Original Size:
33cm x 23cm


Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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