Orders, Decorations and Medals (25 September 2008)
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Date of Auction: 25th September 2008
Sold for £220
Estimate: £160 - £200
FootnoteRef. Spink Exhibition 1985, No. 107.
‘Whilst catching mackerel off Valencia the two boats were swamped and 6 men drowned. The remainder (13) were rescued by Michael Cahill and his crew by means of their Seine boat and follower. Although weather was fairly fine there was a strong ebb tide and much broken water and the 18 men engaged in the rescue ran no inconsiderable risk’. (Ref. P.R.O. BT.261.5).
The Sea Gallantry Medal in bronze was awarded to the 18 men engaged in the rescue operations. The men, fishermen of Knightstown, Valencia Island, Co. Kerry, were additionally awarded £1 each. The fishing boats swamped were the Aughlass and Skelligs from Tralee.