Galbraith Distress Outfit for Lifeboats and rafts made by C.C. Galbraith and son, New York. Heavy copper canister with gimbaled cast brass lid and handle. Lid is embossed on top "C.C. GALBRAITH & SON, NEW YORK USA. Canister comes with it's content including three "Bright Star" No. 05-17M flashlight batteries, two boxes of "Signal Light" safety matches, and two replacement cotton wicks. Measures 10 1/2 inches tall exclusive of handle and 3 3/4 inch diameter. Some dents in cannister from use. Gimbaled lid still retains rubber seal for water-tight use.
Following the "Titanic" disaster of April 16, 1912, the question of better protection of life at sea became an issue of great popular interest and the object of remedial legislation. With the opening of the European War and increased demand for means of safety at sea by the appearance of the submarine menace, Mr. Galbraith contributed to the solution of the question by establishing himself in the business as a specialty. He organized the C. C. Galbraith Company, with offices at 90 West Street and warehouses at 47-49 West Street; manufacturing plant at Keyport, N. J. The company specializes in life-preserving equipment, including life-boats, life-rafts, life-preservers, solid cork ring buoys, self-igniting water lights, and life-boat equipment, complying with all the United States regulations. In addition, the company deals in shipyard supplies, oakum, caulking cotton, locust treenails, spikes, clinch rings, and other related articles. http://www.marinelink.com/history/charles-crittenden-galbraith