Medal, awarded to Dr John Rae

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Medal, awarded to Dr John Rae

This silver medal was awarded to Dr John Rae for his arctic discoveries from 1818-55.

The medal depicts a sailing ship against a background of icebergs with men working in the foreground. The inscription reads, 'For Arctic Discoveries 1818-1855'. The medal hangs from a silver bar made up of five clasps inscribed with dates of each voyage.

Rae (1813-93), an Orcadian, attributed his success as an explorer to his appreciation of the ways of the native peoples. He had a great affinity with the North American Indian and Inuit peoples that he met on his journeys.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-048-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.L.304.214
Date: Around 1855
c. 1855
Material: Silver. Inscription: For Arctic Discoveries
What: Medal
Who: Dr John Rae (explorer and recipient of trowel)
Where: Canada
Description: Silver medal awarded to John Rae "For Arctic Discoveries", 1818 - 1855, with clasps for 1846 - 1847, 1848, 1849, 1850 - 1851 and 1853 - 1854: British, c. 1855
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