Lot Archive


№ 310


19 April 1995

Hammer Price:

Pair: Able Seaman John Gibbard, S.S. Cardiganshire
Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society, Marine Medal, bronze (For Gallant Service, 4.11.24); Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society, silver (A.B., S.S. “Cardiganshire” November 4. 1924) this with Dolphin ribbon slide, both medals with suspension buckles and contained in their original cases of issue, good very fine (2)

At 7-30 a.m. on the 4th November, 1924, a vessel was observed flying signals of distress. The “Cardiganshire” bore down on her and found her to be the schooner “Insperation” of St. John’s, N.F., bound from Pernambuco to St. John’s in ballast, dismasted, with rudder and rudder-post gone, and in a sinking condition. The weather was rough and squally, with a high sea running.
The Chief Officer was sent away in charge of the lifeboat and brought back the crew of 7 men, who were later landed at Liverpool. The lifeboat was holed and severely damaged in the process, arriving back at the ship half full of water.