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Slide set: The wreck of the Hesperus (recitation: York & Son, 10 slides, 1889)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
It was the Schooner Hesperus
Slide 2**
Blue were her eyes as the fairy flax
Slide 3**
The Skipper he stood beside the helm
Slide 4**
Then up and spake an old sailor
Slide 5**
Last night the moon had a golden ring
Slide 6
The snow fell hissing in the brine
Slide 7**
He wrapt her in his seaman's coat
Slide 8**
And bound her to the mast
Slide 9**
Like a sheeted ghost, the vessel swept
Slide 10**
A fisherman stood aghast
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1889-1914 (item ref. 227)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1894 (item ref. 20114)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of Peter Feathers, 1901

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 67)

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 309)

in stock of Ivens & Co., 1913

Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ‘The wreck of the Hesperus’ in several compilations


Slides 2 and 7 of the main illustrated set were misnumbered in production; they are shown here in the correct position for their images in the set sequence. The alternative images (showing another example of the set with slightly different colouring) are numbered correctly.


6 slides known to exist in private collection

10 slides known to exist in private collection

9 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000557

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 17 May 2024

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