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SHIPWRECK.  Halliday (T.)
SHIPWRECK. Halliday (T.) A fine white metal medallion depiting the two ships, the Kent, left in flames, the Cambria sending boats to the rescue,  "To Commemorate the destruction of the Kent East Indiaman By Fire, in the Bay of Biscay: and the Reception on Board the Brig Cambria. William Cook Master, of 547 Persons, thus providentially delivered from death." with the legend around the edge "From Falmouth, Truro, Helston, Penryn, and St. Ives",  1, March, 1855
2 ins, some slight abrasions,
The Kent East Indiaman, bound for India with officers and men of the 31st Regiment, was set on fire during heavy seas in the Bay of Biscay. All but 82 of the survivors were saved, but the crew refused to go back for the remainder. William Cook, Captain of the Cambria refused to allow the Kent's Crew on board until they had returned and retrieved the remaining passengers.

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