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OBIT: John Fairfax, 74, 1st person known to row across Atlantic Ocean

Published 02/20/2012, Associated Press

John Fairfax gained international attention in 1969 when he became the first person in recorded history to cross the Atlantic alone by rowboat. He dealt with sharks, storms and exhaustion on the six-month, 5,000-mile journey from the Canary Islands to Florida.

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