Mar 15, 2013
By AM740 Staff
It’s a discovery that recalls a monumental tragedy .
A violin has been certified to be the one that was played by the bandmaster as the Titanic went down.
Survivors have said they remember the band led by Wallace Hartley playing, as passengers boarded lifeboats.
His instrument was believed to be lost but a British auction company says it’s been found.
Henry Aldridge and Son, spent seven years and thousands of dollars to prove the unplayable, water-stained violin is indeed authentic.
Documents show Hartley’s body was found with a large leather valise strapped to him with the violin inside.
The instrument was apparently returned to his fiancee and ultimately given to the auction company.
The violin will go on display at the end of the month at Belfast City Hall less than a mile from where Titanic was built.
The Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean about 600 km’s south of Newfoundland on April 15th, 1912.
It collided with an iceberg during her maiden voyage.