Don Allum

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Donald Edward Allum
Born 17 May 1937 (1937-05-17)
Died 1 December 1992 (1993-01) (aged 55)
Heston, Middlesex
Nationality British
Occupation Oarsman
Known for First person to row across the Atlantic Ocean in both directions

Donald Edward Allum (17 May 1937 – 1 December 1992) was an English oarsman, the first person to row across the Atlantic Ocean in both directions.[1]

On 26 March 1971, after 73 days at sea, Allum and his cousin, Geoff Allum, rowed their boat, the dory QE3, into Harrison Point in Barbados.[1] In September 1987 Allum completed his westward crossing of the Atlantic, from St John's, Newfoundland to Dooagh on Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland. The journey took 77 days and very nearly ended in disaster.[2]

Allum died in Heston, Middlesex, in 1992.

British rock band Marillion released an eighteen-minute song called "Ocean Cloud" on its 2004 album Marbles based on Allum's 1987 crossing.[3]


  1. ^ a b Bird, Peter (5 December 1992). "Obituary: Don Allum". The Independent. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Allum, Geoff. "Don Allum (May 17, 1937 – Nov 2, 1992): Biography by ORS Trustee Geoff Allum". Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ocean Cloud". Retrieved 20 August 2012.