Titanic. 'Nearer my God to Thee'. Original Epic Finale. (1953)





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Published on Jul 31, 2013

Click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UyM6j... https://youtu.be/-UyM6jJzuVw if you wish to view and compare, Titanic, A Night To Remember, (1958) 'Nearer My God to Thee', violin scene.

"Mr Wallace Hartley, the conductor of the 'Titanic's' orchestra, was well known in Leeds, where for several years he was connected with local orchestras.
Apparently Mr Hartley had a presentiment that one day he would meet his end at sea, and it may have been no sudden inspiration that led him at that last moment to direct his orchestra to play 'Nearer My God To Thee'.
On one occasion he discussed the subject with Mr E. Moody, of Leeds, who played in the orchestra conducted by Mr Hartley on the 'Mauretania'.
'What would you do, old chap, if you were on board a liner that was rapidly sinking ?'
...'Well', he said, 'I don't think I could do better than play 'O God our help in ages past' or 'Nearer, My God, To Thee.' They are both favourite hyms of mine, and would be very suitable to the occasion."
(Dailly Sketch, 22 April 1922)

"Two priests of the Roman Catholic Church went down on the 'Titanic' with men and women grouped about them responding to prayers. Not only Catholics, but Protestants and Jews, realising their last hour was at hand, took part in the final religious service on the sloping deck of the 'Titanic' as she was heading downward for the depths."
(New York World, 22 April 1922)

Excerpts from 'Voices From The Titanic' edited by Goeff Tibbals.

Wallace Hartley's violin was reportedly recovered intact, in a leather case, strapped to his body when he was found wearing his cork and linen lifejacket. Representatives of the White Star Line are believed to have facilitated the violin's return to Wallace's fiancee, Maria Robinson, who passed away in 1939, leaving the violin to the Salvation Army.
After many years, the current owner, who wished to remain annonymous, decided to sell. And after seven years of authentication by an English auction house the violin finally sold for £ 900 000, the quivalent of $ 1 454 895, in October 2013. The Auctioneer described the violin as "the rarest and most iconic" piece of Titanic memorabilia.

Award winning 1953 version of 'Titanic', starring Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb, and Brian Aherne as Captain Edward Smith, in what is widely regarded as one of the more tasteful and tactful, depictions of events, among the countless productions.

Copyright disclaimer : I make no claim to copyright. I imagine that is owned by Twentieth Century Fox. And the prose, perhaps to the original publishers of the eye witness accounts.
This upload is intended solely for non profit educational purposes.
A more comprehensive edit or version may be available on youtube, or most certainly on dvd. It's certainly worth viewing.
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