(with additional 'Bermondsey Ragged School Mission' wording)

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 62 not recorded not recorded

Life boat with 10 oarsmen and 3 rescuers in a wild storm, going to a sinking boat, with additional wording 'Bermondsey Ragged School mission' printed above silk)
the image of this silk picture was kindly donated by the son of William John Bonnett, Great Britain.


Printed at top of card-mount:-

Bermondsey Ragged School Mission, Gedling Street, S.E.
Established December 17th, 1877, by JOHN DAVIS, London City Missionary.

Woven on silk:-

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-


Called to the Rescue.

Presented to Mr. F FISHER AND FAMILY for long continued interest in our beloved Mission.

12.4 cm deep by 19.0 cm wide

5.1 cm high by 15.2 cm wide

by Austin Sprake:
Sprake records the two normal versions of CALLED TO THE RESCUE, but does not record this version with the over-printing. 

by Geoffrey Godden:
Godden records the two normal versions of CALLED TO THE RESCUE, one with the sub-title "Heroism at Sea" [st56], and the other without the sub-title [st60].
Godden also records a few Stevengraphs in cards with the following wording printed above the picture:

In Memoriam
of the eleven brave men of the Life-boat 'Eliza Adams' who nobly
sacrificed their lives while endeavouring to rescue the crew of the
Ocean Queen, off Wells, October 29th, 1880.

Godden however does not record the version above, and it is evident from this special wording that this Stevengraph was awarded to persons who had contributed significantly to the Mission. It is probable they were awarded to only a few people, and as such must be incredibly rare.

Other comments:
The image above was kindly donated by the son of William John Bonnett, Great Britain, who writes:

"My Great aunt was employed as a children's Nanny to the Fisher family and was given the piece by them. She was a wonderful lovely lady born in 1861 and who sadly passed away aged 94 years in 1954 when the picture was given to me by her brother, my Great Uncle John, who himself passed away just four months later."

There is also recorded on this site a second picture relating to the 'Bermondsey Ragged School Mission'. This second picture, st441 - Niagara (with additional 'London City Mission Rescue Lifeboat Crew' wording above silk), relates directly to the founder of the Ragged School Mission, John Davis.


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additional wording relating to the Niagara picture added 2 July 2020

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