After extensive testing in both Stretch and Jessie, I have concluded the following:
Jessie - Fuse-sdl 1.1.1 works fine
Stretch - both Fuse-sdl 1.3.2 and 1.1.1 result in a blank screen
In both instances I am running from the command line, not in the window manager. When presented with a blank screen, I am able to navigate back to the command line 'blind' by typing F1-f-x.
From what I have gleaned from various posts on the net, a blank screen could be related to a bug or 'feature' of SDL1. There are minor version number differences in the library files between the two versions of the OS, but I can't see any way to downgrade SDL1 without breaking dependencies.
Any thoughts or input on this would be much appreciated.