Wed, 20th Apr 2011 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Princess)

 
  Lot 72
 

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H.M.S. PALLAS: A SILVER SNUFF BOX...

H.M.S. PALLAS: A SILVER SNUFF BOX COMMEMORATING THE SAVING OF THE CREW, 18 DECEMBER 1810
inscribed on the lid A Token of Gratitude from the Officers of H.M. Ship Pallas, to the Duchess of Roxburgh and John Manners Esq. for their united efforts in saving the Lives of the Officers and Crew of that Ship, which was wrecked near Broxmouth the night of the 18th December 1810, the gilt-lined interior with London hallmarks 1810-11 -- 3in. (7.5cm.) diameter

Pallas was a 32-gun 5th Rate of 1804, Captained by George Monke. She was returning from a cruise off Norway and heading for Leith. With poor visibility and frequent showers, lime burners' kilns at Dunbar were mistaken for the Bell Rock lighthouse. Altering to the wrong course, she ran hard aground and in a few minutes had shipped twelve feet of water. Cutting the fore and main masts away to landward, the ship's company scrambled over the wreckage to the shore. The Captain and Pilot were severely reprimanded, and the Master, David Glegg, ordered never to serve in that capacity again.

Sold for £806
Estimated at £400 - £600

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


 
H.M.S. PALLAS: A SILVER SNUFF BOX COMMEMORATING THE SAVING OF THE CREW, 18 DECEMBER 1810
inscribed on the lid A Token of Gratitude from the Officers of H.M. Ship Pallas, to the Duchess of Roxburgh and John Manners Esq. for their united efforts in saving the Lives of the Officers and Crew of that Ship, which was wrecked near Broxmouth the night of the 18th December 1810, the gilt-lined interior with London hallmarks 1810-11 -- 3in. (7.5cm.) diameter

Pallas was a 32-gun 5th Rate of 1804, Captained by George Monke. She was returning from a cruise off Norway and heading for Leith. With poor visibility and frequent showers, lime burners' kilns at Dunbar were mistaken for the Bell Rock lighthouse. Altering to the wrong course, she ran hard aground and in a few minutes had shipped twelve feet of water. Cutting the fore and main masts away to landward, the ship's company scrambled over the wreckage to the shore. The Captain and Pilot were severely reprimanded, and the Master, David Glegg, ordered never to serve in that capacity again.