The inscription reads:
PRESENTED BY /THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO FREDERICK WATKINS MASTER OF THE STEAMSHIP "PARIS" OF NEW YORK./IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HIS HUMANITY & KINDNESS/TO THE SHIPWRECKED CREW OF THE/STEAMSHIP "VINDOBALA', OF LONDON, WHICH WAS ABANDONED IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN, ON THE 27TH DECEMBER 1898.
[SUPPLEMENTARY IMAGE CAPTION]
The Steamship Paris of New York, circa 1895
[SUPP. CAPTION 2]
Report on the fate of the Vindobala, as printed in the Shipping and Mercantile Gazette and Lloyds List, January 2nd and 3rd, 1899.