The Adventure of the Gloria Scott, by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of 56 short stories featuring detective Sherlock Holmes.
The story of the Gloria Scott came to light after Sherlock spent a month with his university friend, Victor Trevor. During his stay, Sherlock exercised his powers of deduction to uncover a secret from the family’s past.
In his youth, Victor’s father was convicted of fraud and sent to Australia aboard a ship called the Gloria Scott. Whilst on route, he discovered a conspiracy among some of the prisoners to take over the ship. Several crew members died as a result of the ensuing revolt, and the instigator of the takeover, Jack Prendergast, wanted to murder all of the Gloria Scott’s remaining crew to cover his tracks.
Victor’s father and several other prisoners did not wish to partake in cold-blooded murder, so they asked to be set adrift in a small boat, to make their own way to Australia.
Not long after the small boat had departed, the Gloria Scott exploded. Victor’s father and the others adrift on the small vessel rowed back to search for survivors. They found only one, a man named Hudson.
Once they reached Australia, the drifters changed their names and embarked on a new way of life as free men, before eventually returning to England. Victor’s father had lived a safe and peaceful existence until Hudson turned up on his doorstep, attempting to blackmail him and other members of the mutinous crew. When he received a letter informing him that Hudson had told the police about the Gloria Scott, Victor’s father suffered a stroke and died.
Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this coin’s reverse portrays a representation of the Gloria Scott sailing, with Sherlock Holmes sitting onshore smoking his pipe.
Presented in a wooden case moulded in the shape of a book, no more than 3,000 Famous Ships That Never Sailed – Gloria Scott 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coins will be released.