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Medal - Rescue Award for the Eleanor Lancaster, New South Wales, Australia, 1856 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20555

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Newcastle
Rescue award for the Eleanor Lancaster 1856 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Stephens, Joseph
Other Details: Award presented to Josh (Joseph) Stephens in commemoration of his efforts to save the crew of the barque Eleanor Lancaster off Newcastle, NSW, which was wrecked on during a gale on 7 November 1856. The Eleanor Lancaster was a wooden barque, 480/430 tons,109 ft long, built in Great Britain in 1839. The violent gale drove the barque into Oyster Bank, where it was soon wrecked. The crew clung to the rigging throughout the night and were finally rescued due mainly to the efforts of a seaman, William Skilton, who made three trips to the wreck in a small boat in raging seas. The Eleanor Lancaster was one of eight vessels lost in the gale.
Description:
A hand engraved silver medal set within a silver 'rope' border with a maroon ribbon (original?)
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 87 mm (Height), 43 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 27.75 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Height with ribbon

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Tagged with: elenor lancaster, shipwrecks
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, Wannenmacher Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Life Saving Awards
Tertiary Classification: shipwrecks
Series: Australian Award Medals
DateEra: 1856 AD
Obverse Description: Engraved silver disc; PRESENTED / TO / JOSH STEPHENS
Reverse Description: IN COMMEMORATION / OF HIS EXERTIONS TO SAVE THE / CREW OF THE BARQUE / ELEANOR LANCASTER / DURING THE STORM OF THE 7TH NOVR / NEWCASTLE N.S.W. / 1856
Edge Description: Rope encircles the engraved silver disc
Inscriptions: Rope encircles the engraved silver disc (edge)
Engraved silver disc; PRESENTED/TO/JOSH STEPHENS (obverse)
IN COMMEMORATION/OF HIS EXERTIONS TO SAVE THE/CREW OF THE BARQUE/ ELEANOR LANCASTER/DURING THE STORM OF THE 7TH NOVR/NEWCASTLE N.S.W./1856 (reverse)
Shape: Round with loop and ribbon
Material: Silver
Issued By: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 1856
Awarded To: Joseph (Josh) Stephens

Comments

Carmel Phillips Posted on 03 Apr 2011 7:34 PM
The above article has been so interesting to read. My gt-granfather, Phillip Phillips a Mariner of New Quay, Cardiganshire was one of the 13 crew who were rescued on 7th November 1856. Phillip was the eldest of the 11 children born to Master Mariner, James Phillips and his wife Mary. Phillip married an Irish lass in Newcastle and he was a provedore, waterman and a member of the Victoria I Lifeboat. Singed: Carmel

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