Drummond Castle Medal, unnamed as issued “Swan” French duty stamp to edge. EF
The Castle Mail Packets Company liner S.S. Drummond Castle, homeward bound from Natal and Cape Town, struck a reef off Ushant in a fog on the night of 16 June, 1896. Of the 143 passengers and 104 officers and crew, only three escaped. Silver medals were struck with the approval of Queen Victoria for award to the Breton fishermen and other inhabitants of Brest, Ushant, and Molene who helped in rescuing the survivors, and in the recovery and burial of those lost. A total of 252 medals were issued.