De Ruyter Medal

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De Ruyter Medal
Awarded by Flag of the Netherlands.svg Kingdom of the Netherlands
TypeCivil decoration,
with degrees gold, silver and bronze
Eligibilityseamens, shipowners, and rescuer at sea
Awarded forpraiseworthily acts of duty for the Dutch Ship transport
StatusCurrently awarded
DescriptionRound medal with on the front side a picture of Michiel de Ruyter. The medal is worn with a dark orange ribbon.
Established23 March 1907
First awardedSkipper P.J.A. Kramer (1907)
Last awardedCommander Hans Lodder, former captain of the HNLMS Tromp (2011)
Total awarded209 (93 gold, 88 silver, 28 bronze)
Next (higher)KNMI Medal
Next (lower)Museum Medal
Ribbon bar The Ruyter Medal.jpg
Ribbon bar of the golden De Ruyter Medal

De Ruyter Medal (Dutch: De Ruyter-medaille) was created by royal decree no. 1 on 23 March 1907 by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, to be awarded to those members of the Dutch Merchant fleet who distinguish themselves by praiseworthily acts of duty for the Dutch Ship transport. The medal can be awarded in gold, silver or bronze. Awarding is on basis by nomination of the Netherlands government and by royal decree.

With the De Ruyter Medal the Kingdom of the Netherlands honors since 1907 the threehundredth birthday of Michiel de Ruyter, one of the most famous admirals in Dutch history.

Michiel de Ruyter