A Collection of Life Saving Awards formed by Dr Paul Démogé
Date of Auction: 6th December 2017
Sold for £360
Estimate: £300 - £400
Footnote‘On 8 March 1859 the French brig Gonsalve, of Nantes, driven towards the English coast, found herself unable to weather Trevose Head and was forced to run for Padstow harbour, Cornwall. As the brig reached the lee of Stepper Point eddy winds caught her and the tide and heavy seas drove her out onto Doombar Sand. The Institution lifeboat Albert Edward was launched and, although repeatedly filled by seas, took off the crew of seven before the brig went to pieces.’
Daniel Shea served as Coxswain of the Padstow Lifeboat the Albert Edward (not the Royal Albert as erroneously referred to on the medal); for this action, and for the rescue of the four man crew of the Ipswich schooner Frederick William in near identical circumstances on 15 March 1859, he was awarded the R.N.L.I. silver medal.