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eMedals-The Loss of the Brig Somers Table Medal 1846

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The Loss of the Brig Somers Table Medal 1846



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The Loss of the Brig Somers Table Medal 1846

The Loss of the Brig Somers Table Medal 1846 - Bronze, obverse engraver marked "C.C. Wright" and illustrates the U.S. Brig Somers foundering, with the Latin legend "Somers navis Americana. Ante Vera Cruz, Dec. 10th, 1846." (American ship Somers lost off Vera Cruz), reverse illustrates British boats going to the rescue and the Latin inscription "Pro Vitis Americanorum Conservatis" (For Saving American Lives), museum coded on the rim in red ink, 58 mm, scattered oxidation marks on the reverse, very fine.Footnote: The London Gazette of December 2, 1851 stated that the United States Government awarded medals to thirty-nine officers and crew of the Royal Navy ships HMS Endymion, HMS Alarm and HMS Daring, in recognition of their efforts saving several of the officers and crew of the United States Brig Somers, which foundered in a sudden squall in the harbour of Vera Cruz, Mexico on December 10, 1846.
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