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Medal for Merit in Sea Transport


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Verdienstmedaille der Seeverkehrswirtschaft

Instituted: 1965.

Awarded: To recognize the efforts of civilian sailors in transportation on the open seas, in 3 classes (Gold, Silver and Bronze).

This is the Silver Medal:

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2 hours ago, TacHel said:

The 3 grades.  Are they really for 15, 25 and 40 years?  If yes, what's the "spange" at the top for?

 

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The answer is no.  The medals you've posted (from left to right) are for 10, 20 and 30 years of loyal service.  These medals were awarded not only for service on the open seas, but from 1981 onwards, for service on inland waterways.

 

The clasp at the top is called an Ehrenspange für treue Dienste in der Seeverkehrswirtschaft und der Binnenschiffahrt and was awarded to women after 35 years of loyal service and to men after 40 years of loyal service.  This clasp was awarded not only for service on the open seas, but from 1981 onwards, for service on inland waterways.

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One final and important point should be made.  

 

These medals and the clasp are NOT for MERIT (Verdienst) but rather for LOYAL SERVICES (Treue Dienste) so the title of the thread ought to be changed to "Medal for Loyal Services in Sea Transport."

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