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A FINE PRESENTATION SILVER TRAY, 1853

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A FINE PRESENTATION SILVER TRAY, 1853

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A FINE PRESENTATION SILVER TRAY, 1853 finely engraved with nautical symbols around inscription reading Presented to Lieutt. G.M. Alldridge Commanding H.M.S. 'Asp' by the underwriters at Lloyds for the prompt & efficient services rendered by him to the Steamer "Glendower" whilst on shore near Milford, September, 1853, with chased and moulded vine and grape border, three feet and hallmarks for Roberts & Hall, Sheffield, 1853 -- 14in. (35.5cm.) diameter See illustration
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Commander George Manley Alldridge joined the Navy in July 1829 and was first employed on anti-smuggling duties on the south coast of England before transferring to the Admiralty Surveying Dept. in May 1830. Passing his examination for Mate in 1836, he was commissioned Lieutenant in 1844 and made Commander of the Fisgard in 1855. During his early career he assisted with numerous surveys in the Aegean and off the coasts of Asia Minor before returning to Home Waters to work on various important surveys of the Irish Sea, Belfast Lough, the Isle of Man, Holyhead Bay and the Bristol Channel. Given command of the G.P.O. paddle packet Asp in 1850, he laid the first telegraph cable across the Irish Sea (Holyhead - Dublin) and, after moving to the waters off south-west Wales, received the thanks of the Admiralty and a silver salver with a purse of sovereigns from the owners of the steamer Owen Glendower for the skill he showed in saving the vessel from destruction when she ran ashore in Freshwater Bay, near Milford Haven, in September 1853.

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