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- This week’s tips for travel to Titanic related exhibits and museums
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- Listen to the last song heard by survivors of the Titanic as the ship slipped into the North Atlantic Ocean.
Join host, Bruce Oliver, of the “Cruise Radio Network’s: Cruise with Bruce™” radio program and hear travel and cruise tips 100 years after the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
As a child I recall picking up historic post cards from the White Star Line as they fell out of the barn that was being demolished after the sale of one of Enfield, Connecticut’s first historians. As the bull dozers crushed her house and barn, everything that Mrs. Karr had stored in the massive barn fell into the hole as we scurried around picking up everything we could find that fell through the cracks. It wasn’t until I visited the Titanic Museum in Folkestone, England in 1994, my interest in learning more about the sinking of the Titanic started. By the end of the 90’s world interest in the Titanic heightened after the release of the movie. I even ran into a young Chinese man who brought us up a tributary for the Yangtze River who watched the movie but didn’t realize it was based on a real ship that sank. A few years later I was invited on a cruise that I didn’t take to see the artifacts that were going to be brought to the surface by the research vessel that we would accompany. The material for this program has been gleaned from the public domain, Wikipedia and creative commons recordings. I will be telling you about exhibits, events and museums that you can visit in the United Kingdom and the United States. A couple are in the Northeast. And the oldest museum in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts was opened in 1963, just a few miles from my home.
During the 2.5 hours that the Titanic sank the band played lively tunes as loud as they could on the deck of the massive ship. According to Herman Finck, the Musical Director of the Palace Theatre, London, who spoke with Titanic survivors, later wrote: “The ship’s band in any emergency is expected to play to calm the passengers. After the Titanic struck the iceberg the band began to play bright music, dance music, comic songs – anything that would prevent the passengers from becoming panic-stricken.”
As the bow of the ship sank slowly into the North Atlantic Ocean some survivors reported that the ship’s string ensemble lead by Wallace Hartley play and while the remaining passengers could be heard singing “Nearer, My God, to Thee” along with the then popular waltz “Songe d’Automne” (Autumn Dream). Wallace Hartley, the ship’s band leader, who like all the musicians on board went down with the ship, was known to like the song and to wish to have it performed at his funeral. Now imagine being on deck that dreadful night as we listen to a rendition of Nearer, My God to Thee.
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