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Slide set: Almost wrecked (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 32 slides, 1889)

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Slide 1
The good ship Dart steered out of port, and sailed away for sea
Slide 2
A sailor's peaceful cottage stood, marked by the poplar tree
Slide 3
'Cheer up dear Edith, my brave wife, last words are hard to speak'
Slide 4
She placed them in his button-hole, then looking in his face
Slide 5
'Kind God, defend them!' as she spoke, a light hand touched her arm
Slide 6
At distant intervals there came good tidings from the Dart
Slide 7
Then came the snow, and wintry winds swept bare the poplar tree
Slide 8
'Twas Christmas night upon the sea, the moon was full, the wind was still
Slide 9
At length, he stopped. 'Father! she'll trim the cottage window's up to-night'
Slide 10
Then Davie read with faltering voice, about the blessed Son of God
Slide 11
Young Davie took his father's hand, and bent his head low down to speak
Slide 12
Upon the desk the seamen stand, and hear the solemn service read
Slide 13
There is a ship far out the sea, lit by the broad sun's level rays
Slide 14
Yes, yes, old bird, they'll soon be here, and he'll be full of play
Slide 15
She'd make the room quite gay with flowers and she'd be nicely dressed
Slide 16
She cannot stop within the house -- she stands outside the door
Slide 17
And at the little wicket gate she listening stands again
Slide 18
A short reply -- the seaman Blake had died on board last March he found
Slide 19**
And sit upon the lonely cliffs to watch for one who comes no more
Slide 20
Why is he loitering on the wharf? looking so troubled and perplexed
Slide 21
Now make him drink and treat us round, and we shall see the tables turned
Slide 22
Yes, there he lies -- a poor defenceless prey
Slide 23
The dread truth flashed like lightning on his mind
Slide 24
He flung himself down, and lay benumbed by very agony
Slide 25
Young Davie Blake sailed out, he knew not where
Slide 26
And yesternight I heard him pray, as though he meant, &c.
Slide 27
A sudden gust swept through the shivering sails
Slide 28
Another floats -- the crew leap in, and pull for life to clear the wreck
Slide 29
A sailor clinging to a spar -- Is it? -- It is, poor Davie Blake!
Slide 30
His pale face buried in his hands, and bowed upon his trembling knees
Slide 31
He pointed to the cottage door, and waited for the dreadful word
Slide 32
That blessed evening at the farm, thanksgiving, praises, smiles and tears
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1889-1914 (item ref. 195)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1894 (item ref. 20118)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 150)

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 148)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 487)

in stock of Church Army, 1913 (item ref. LM 66)

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

Mary Sewell, Almost wrecked (London: Jarrold & Sons, n.d.)

People appearing in slides

BAMFORTH, James  (1842-1911) – slides 7, 25-26

Slide 1 shows Bristol Docks and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Another version of this slide is known showing a different view in Bristol Docks.

30 slides known to exist in private collection

1 slide known to exist in private collection

2 slides in The Hecht Collection: Screen Archive South East (University of Brighton)

Lucerna ID  3000527

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 5 May 2024

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