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The Gospel Compass - For Sailors of all Nations.
Designed by W.C.M. circa 1880s
(Republished from private Collection – © Peter N Millward)
Recently while looking through pictures on my computer - I found a picture a very kind friend gave me many years ago called the Gospel Compass - For Sailors of all Nations.
I never really investigated the picture properly until now. Although the original litho has aged quite well there are various areas showing signs of age, so I decided to restore the image digitally. I am able to republish and sell copies from the original litho print which is part of my collection. And is now available for sale at my Online shop
Surprisingly, not a great deal of information available about the picture - But is likely it was designed for the Special Mission to Deep-Sea Fishermen, founded in 1881 by E.J. (Ebenezer Joseph) Mather. The organization later became The Fishermen's Mission.
It is a wonderfully thought provoking maritime picture, one could spend hours studying - Featuring a compass rose at the centre, and signal flags conveying Bible message and scriptures. The large compass has Bible texts placed on all the points and surrounded by texts expressed in signal code, with nautical themed sketches and Bible verses. Below is a photo of one of the short keys on the left at the foot of the picture explaining the different features.