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Slide set: The lifeboat (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 20 slides, 1899)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1
Intro. with Title
Slide 2
Been out in the lifeboat often? Ay, ay, sir, often enough
Slide 3
Yon be the rock she struck on --
Slide 4
The beach here was strewn with wreckage
Slide 5
I knelt by her side and prayed
Slide 6
She knew she was sinkin' quickly -- she knew her end was nigh
Slide 7
I sat and watched her dying, holding her wasted hand
Slide 8
When the door of the room burst open, and my mates were there
Slide 9
'You've never refused to go, John; you'll put these cowards right'
Slide 10
'I can't go, mate,' I murmured, 'in an hour she may be dead'
Slide 11
She whispered, 'Go, and God's will be done!'
Slide 12
My mates outside, when they saw me, set up three hearty cheers
Slide 13
We launched the boat in the tempest, though death was the goal in view
Slide 14
We rowed for the spot, and shouted, for all around was dark
Slide 15
I stretched out my hand to seize it. I dragged it aboard, and then
Slide 16
My mates came in and whispered; they'd heard I was comin' round
Slide 17
Presently Ben goes out, the others slink away like
Slide 18
I thought it must be a vision as my weak eyes gazed upon
Slide 19
He'd knelt by his mother's bed, and the sudden joy had saved her
Slide 20
My old eyes woke from darkness to look on my son and wife
Other related organisation

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1899-1914 (item ref. 1168)

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

George R. Sims, ‘The lifeboat’ in several compilations

Related slide set

see generic title The lifeboat (generic set title – 5 different versions are known)

People appearing in slides

BAMFORTH, James  (1842-1911) – slides 2-3

Riley catalogue refers to this as a 'new series', presumably in replacement of the earlier York set (Riley 202) in their catalogue. There may be a possibility that there was an earlier Bamforth set?

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

18 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3001963

Record created by Richard Crangle and Lydia Jakobs. Last updated 24 November 2016

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