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    2nd Type Gold Lifesaving Medal 50mm by Paquet Awarded to George Lee.
    On the obverse legend it reads " Life Saving Medal Of The First Class United States Of America". On the reverse legend it reads " In Testimony Of Heroic Deeds In Saving Life From The Perils Of The Sea". Engraved in the center "George Lee Wreck of Ship Ellen Southward Aug. 12, 1875". Below it reads "Act Of Congress June 20th, 1874". The Ellen Southward set sail from Saint John, New Brunswick for Liverpool on August 12, 1875. On September 27, 1875 the ship wrecked in the mouth of the Mersey River in Liverpool during a hurricane strength storm. Shore-based lifeboats crewed mainly by volunteers set out from several lifeboat stations to the aid of the distressed ship after it foundered on a sandbank. One of the lifeboats capsized in heavy seas after picking up the ship's crew, resulting in nine people from the ship as well as three rescuers losing their lives.

    Following the advice of the US consul at Liverpool, the United States Congress recognized the acts of bravery by issuing 27 Gold Lifesaving Medals to the lifeboat men who attempted to save her crew, after a two-year delay during which US law first had to be changed to allow the newly instituted medals to be awarded to non-US citizens. Debate about lifeboat designs continued for many years until a self-righting design was eventually adopted. This is 1 of the 27 gold medals issued. The medal has reflective fields and beautiful devices, and is quite rare.


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