Lovely little 1 3/4" high silver plated Trophy Cup with brass and enamel ships Crest. In very nice condition for age...just a small dent on the rim. RMS Medina was a ship built by Caird and Company, Greenock, Scotland, in 1911, for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company. She was a Royal Mail Ship intended for use on the London to Australia route and was the last of the ten ships in P&O's M-Class. Items from this ship are scarce due to her very short period in service (1911-1917).
During her construction it was decided that Medina would carry King George V and Queen Mary to India for the Delhi Durbar. Medina was, therefore, initially commissioned into the Royal Navy as the Royal Yacht and her crew were mainly naval personnel. Medina was provided with an extra mast, necessary to maintain Royal flag etiquette and furnished with a white hull with bands of royal blue and gold and buff funnels. Various large rooms intended for public use were redecorated as Royal apartments.
Medina left Portsmouth for India in November 1911, returning in February 1912 where she returned to Caird and Co. for refitting. She was then delivered to P&O in June 1912. She had only two years of peacetime service afterward but remained with P&O during World War I.
She was torpedoed off Start point, Devon on 28 April 1917 by SM UB-31.
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