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CQD Signal On The Sea (Frank Davis) video
(The Ballad Of Jack Phillips And Harold Bride)
#2039: YouTube video by knarfsivad73
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh, the night was clear and calm they say,
the sea a deathly black,
The great ship steamed into the night,
fast on her New York track;
The dining rooms were empty,
full again they'd never be,
Dead ahead there in the dark
was an iceberg on the sea.

Just behind the wheelhouse,
forty feet astern,
The wireless Marconi men changed shifts
to take their turn;
They heard the panic footsteps,
and then the whispered plea:
The captain said, "We've hit a berg.
Send out CQD."

To save the many souls on board
God knows how hard they tried,
Young men in their twenties,
Jack Phillips and Harold Bride;
Flashing on their Morse keys,
"Come quickly," the signal said,
Next morning Bride was still alive,
but Phillips he was dead.

"Come Quickly Danger" was the plea,
and the signal CQD,
Sent out far and wide by
Jack Phillips and Harold Bride;
And the ships that heard the call
came quickly to save them all,
Alas, too late for
the signal on the sea.

Carpathia and Olympic
and the Californian, too,
They heard the signal loud and clear,
sent by a fist¹ so true;
Steaming to the rescue
in the morning light,
Saved the souls on the sea
who survived the cruel night.

Cape Race wireless station,
four hundred miles away,
Upon the shores of Newfoundland,
still on the air today;
Listening on their headphones
on the frequency,
They heard the panic signal,
relayed the desperate plea.

"Come Quickly Danger" was the plea,
and the signal CQD,
Sent out far and wide by
Jack Phillips and Harold Bride;
And the ships that heard the call
came quickly to save them all,
Alas, too late for
the signal on the sea.

SPOKEN:
The full story was told by Harold,
Jack's death was so profound,
Inquiries in New York and London,
and the blame was spread around;
On an April night, no moon in sight,
the ice is on the sea,
Think of the brave and those they saved
when they sent CQD.

"Come Quickly Danger" was the plea,
and the signal CQD,
Sent out far and wide by
Jack Phillips and Harold Bride;
And the ships that heard the call
came quickly to save them all,
Alas, too late for
the signal on the sea.
Alas, too late for
the signal on the sea.

####.... Frank Davis of Carbonear, NL ....####
The Ballad Of Jack Phillips And Harold Bride recorded by Frank Davis & Friends (CQD Signal on the Sea, trk#1, 2012 CD, recorded, mixed and mastered on digital recording equipment by Frank Davis, and produced to coordinate with the Titanic 100th anniversary on April 15 2012).

Note by Frank Davis:
¹ Telegraphers use the word "fist" to describe the sending style and cadence of the operator sending to them. Each Morse code operator has his or her own distinctive "fist" - almost the same as a signature - recognizable by friends with whom they might communicate on a regular basis. This was the case of the Marconi wireless operators back in those days one hundred years ago - they would have been able to identify who was sending just by the way the code was manually sent. Today Morse code operators like myself use computer keying to send very fast Morse code. As a result, all of us sound more or less the same.


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