A level 2 Oxford Bookworms Library graded readers. Written for Learners of English by Tim Vicary.
All they could hear was the wind, and the waves crashing on to the rocks. All they could see was the night. They could not see the ship, broken in two. They could not see the people holding on to the dark wet rock, slowly dying of cold. And they could not hear the cries for help – only the wind.
How could they save the people on the rock? Was their wooden boat stronger than the iron ship? Were a man and his daughter stronger than the great waves that broke the ship in two?
The Forfarshire was wrecked off the north-east coast of England in 1838. This is the true story of Grace Darling – a girl who became a famous heroine on that stormy night.
he Forfarshire is a good modern ship,’ said Mr Robb. ‘Nothing can happen to a new ship like this. Listen to those fine strong engines!’
Daniel looked down at the big paddle wheel on the side of the ship. It went round and round, down under the white water, and up again … under the water, and up. Then he looked up at t
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London, 19th September 1838
Mr Darling and his young daughter saved nine people from the wreck of the Forfarshire. The storm lasted for three days, and they stayed all that time with the Darlings in the lighthouse. Queen Victoria thinks that Grace Darling is one of the finest young women in this country, and she is writing to thank her. One hundred years from now, people will remember this day.