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Archived News - September 2010
Rare Tristan da Cuhna memorabilia under the hammer.
September 9, 2010 - On the 6th of October in Cape Town, Stephan Welz & Company are offering at auction two awards presented to Peter William Green and his fellow islanders fellow islanders for their services in rescuing members of the crews of specific vessels which ran aground on the island of Tristan da Cunha, late 19th century.

                                                

                                                             Press Release - September 2010


                            

 

The history of the island of Tristan da Cunha is fascinating, not the least of which are the stories surrounding the numerous shipwrecks along its shores. Situated in the centre of the South Atlantic ocean (roughly 37° south and 12° west) some 2800kms from the Cape of Good Hope and 3200kms from South America, it is currently the most remote inhabited island in the world.
 
Born in Holland in 1808, Peter Green was shipwrecked at Tristan da Cunha in October 1836. From 1865 until his death in 1902 he acted as spokesman for the islanders who held him in high regard. He was already 70 years old at the time of the ‘Mabel Clark’ sinking - when 16 members of the 22 man crew were saved - and 84 when the Italian barque, the ‘Italia’, ran aground on the 3rd of October 1892 and the islanders rescued the crew before the vessel went down.
 
These awards are in the form of an 18ct gold hunting-cased pocket watch and a presentation medallion and have a pre-sale estimate of R30 000 – 40 000. For further details on this fine pair please contact 021 794 6461.

 

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