Listen to eerie music from the night the Titanic sank.
If you’ve ever seen the movie A Night to Remember, or read certain books on the Titanic, you may know how first class passenger Edith Russell boarded lifeboat 11 with her pig shaped music box as she considered it a lucky charm.(her mother had given it to her the year before after she had survived a car accident that killed her husband). She later played the music box during the night in an effort to calm the children in the boat from the shrieking cries of those in the water in the distance. Using ~science!~(actually just X-rays), experts at the National Maritime Museum in Britain were able to see how the music box worked and what was broken and were once again able to play it.
They are now asking the public for help in identifying what song it is It’s apparently La Sorella march.
A side not about Edith Russell, while the ship was docked at Queenstown, Edith sent a letter back to her secretary in Paris that had a very foreboding premonition in it.
My Dear Mr Shaw:
This is the most wonderful boat you can think of. In length it would reach from the corner of the Rue de la Paix to about the Rue de Rivoli.
Everything imaginable: swimming pool, Turkish bath, gymnasium, squash courts, cafes, tea gardens, smoking rooms, a lounge bigger than the Grand Hotel Lounge; huge drawing rooms, and bed rooms larger than in the average Paris hotel. It is a monster, and I can’t say I like it, as I feel as if I were in a big hotel, instead of on a cozy ship; everyone is so stiff and formal. There are hundreds of help, bell boys, stewards, stewardesses and lifts. To say that it is wonderful, is unquestionable, but not the cozy ship-board feeling of former years. We are now off Queenstown. I just hate to leave Paris and will be jolly glad to get back again. Am going to take my very much needed rest on this trip, but I cannot get over my feeling of depression and premonition of trouble.
How I wish it were over!
Yours sincerely, Edith
As the Encyclopedia-Titanica article says, Edith Russell would soon after go on to become arguably one of the first female war reporters, spending time in the trenches with troops during WW1.
Not sure what I expected the pig to look like but this wasn’t it. It makes a very nice sound considering the age.