Pigeon Forge Titanic Violin
We all know the tragic story of the Titanic. However, what many don’t know is the story about the eight musicians that were aboard. The eight member orchestra boarded the ship at Southampton in England. They traveled as second – class passengers. A Liverpool firm contracted them to play on the Titanic and were not on the White Star Line’s payroll.
Up until that tragic night, they normally split into two separate bands, a quinet and a trio, to entertain all aboard the ship. However, on that night they played as one in hopes to try and keep everyone as calm and collected as possible as they made their way to the lifeboats. Theodore Brailey, Roger Bricoux, John Clarke, Wallace Hartley, John Hume, Georges Krins, Percy Taylor and John Woodward made up the eight person orchestra. Wallace Hartley was the bandleader and played the violin. He was born in Colne, Lancashire, England and learned to play music from his father and friends. They normally played at tea time, concerts that were after dinner and Sunday services.
When the Titanic hit the iceberg and began to sink, Hartley and his band members started to play music and survivors said that Harley and the band continued to play until the very end. One first class passenger is recorded as saying the following: Many brave things were done that night, but none were more brave than those done by men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea. The music they played served alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recalled on the scrolls of undying fame. Titanic survivor Charlotte Collyer said “They kept it up to the very end.” Not all of their bodies were recovered. Wallace Hartley was one of the three that were found. He was found ten days after the ship sank. He prized his violin which his fiance had given to him. When he was found, his prized violin was strapped to his chest. The entire orchestra have been recognized for their heroism.
Pigeon Forge is lucky enough to have one of the two Titanic museum attractions here in our very own backyard. The violin of Wallace Hartley is going to be on display at the Pigeon Forge museum from June 5th to August 14th. This will be the first public display of the violin since its auction to an anonymous European Collector. It sold to a collector in October 2013 for $1.7 million dollars. This is something that you absolutely do not want to miss. Plan your trip to Pigeon Forge during the months of June, July and August and see the most prized RMS Artifact to have ever been recovered.
If you do plan to take our advice and visit us during those months to see the Titanic Violin, you can also take advantage of our Entertainment Rewards Pass that we give our guests for free. Read more about it here! It absolutely helps with savings when you are planning your itinerary and there is something for all ages – dinner shows to bumper boats etc. Give us a call at 800.429.4361 to book your summer vacation for 2016!