Wallace Hartley was looking forward to his wedding that coming summer when he boarded the RMS Titanic on April 10, 1912 in Southampton, England to lead the band that would play on the ship’s maiden voyage. He took onboard a violin that had been given to him by his fiancée, Maria, on their engagement.
As the Titanic began sinking after hitting an iceberg early on the morning of April 15th, the eight-member band was instructed to play continuously in an attempt to avoid panic among the passengers.
Jamie Terrell is first maid at the Titanic Museum in Branson.
She said the story of the band playing until the bitter end is true.
"Even as the water crept up past their ankles, the band kept playing. The water was 28 degrees, but the band played on," she said.
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