A fine Collection of Life Saving Awards

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Date of Auction: 12th December 2012

Sold for £470

Estimate: £350 - £450

A Sea Gallantry Medal awarded to Alexander Forbes, a Ship Builder, of Peterhead, for services at the wreck of the Genoa, 12 April 1863

Board of Trade Medal for Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea, V.R., large, silver (Alexander Forbes, Wreck of the “Genoa”, on the 12th April 1863) in fitted case of issue, minor contact marks, good very fine £350-450

Footnote

Ex Fevyer Collection, D.N.W. 25 Septyember 2008.

The Genoa of Liverpool, from Shields for Rio de Janeiro with coals, struck on the Briggs of Rattray Head during a dense fog. Three of her crew, in attempting to reach the shore, were drowned. The survivors (ten) were rescued by the Coastguard, at great personal risk, by means of the Coastguard boat, which was hauled off to the wreck by a rocket line. On several previous occasions Mr Beatson and Mr Forbes had rendered very important and gallant services’. (Ref. P.R.O. BT.261.1).

For this rescue, silver medals were awarded to Mr G. B. M. Beatson, Inspecting Officer of Coastguard, Fraserburgh, and to Mr A. Forbes, ship builder, Peterhead; five bronze medals were awarded to coastguard boatmen.