Last week Dick Hanscom mentioned the Congressional Gold medal given to Captain Rostron of the Carpathia his efforts in rescuing survivors of the Titanic disaster in 1912. Bronze examples of the medal are available today, but I was curious about the whereabouts of Rostron's original gold medal.
Pete Smith writes:
Flanigan's medal for Captain Roston is described in The Medal in America published by the American Numismatic Society for the 1987Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC). Donna J. Hassler wrote the article in "The Medals of John Flanagan". The Roston medal is illustrated on page 127.
The Roston medal is also mentioned in The Beaux-Arts Medal in America by Barbara Baxter. The Roston medal is #154 in the catalog and illustrated on page 45.
William H. Wilson, Jr. Commander, USCG (Ret) received a copy of the E-Sylum article from a friend and contacted me. He writes:
Here is the answer to your "query" from our President of the Titanic International Society, Inc., Charles A, Haas.
Charlie Haas writes:
An interesting question, with an answer I had almost no trouble finding. Rostron's medal is still owned by his descendants, but it is on loan to the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, where it is presently on display. A fine photograph of that medal, and the others awarded to Rostron, can be found on pages 175-176 of Titanic and Liverpool by Alan Scarth, published in 2009 by Liverpool University Press and National Museums Liverpool (and presently available at amazon.com).
Thanks to everyone involved in answering this question. I was unable to find an inage of the gold medal, but the Merseyside Museum site has the above image of the Titanic model.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: CARPATHIA CAPTAIN'S CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL INFORMATION SOUGHT
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