A fine Collection of Life Saving Awards

Date of Auction: 12th December 2012

Sold for £330

Estimate: £300 - £350

A Sea Gallantry Medal (Foreign Service) awarded to the American Seaman Thomas Finnegan, of the Pennsylvania, for rescuing the crew of the Falcon in the North Atlantic, 16 November 1890

Sea Gallantry Medal (Foreign Services), V.R., small, silver, ‘From the British Government, For Gallantry and Humanity’ (Thomas Finnegan, 16th November 1890) nearly extremely fine £300-350


‘The British steamship Falcon, of Glasgow, was wrecked in the North Atlantic Ocean on 16 November 1890. The lifeboat of the Pennsylvania, of Philadelphia, was launched in very heavy seas, and at great risk took off the Falcon’s crew. After 11 days on board the Pennsylvania the survivors were landed at Philadelphia.’ (ref. The Sea Gallantry Medal, by R. J. Scarlett).

One S.G.M. (Foreign Service) in gold and four in silver were awarded for this rescue.