Whether you saw the motion picture or have simply heard the saga, when you hear the name Titanic, several images pop to mind. The luxury. The grandeur. The iceberg. The faithful musicians devoted to standing their posts on the deck till the very end as the "unsinkable" ocean liner was swallowed up by the sea.
Now, for the first time ever, you can view the legendary Titanic Violin at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, June 5 to 14, 2016.
Faithful Until the Very End
The leader of that historic musical group was Wallace Hartley, who played violin. As Bandmaster, he conducted an orchestra of eight, which generally performed in two groups separately: a quartet and a trio. As the circumstances of the Titanic's collision with the infamous iceberg became dire, Hartley was instructed to keep the music playing in hopes of preventing a panic, and that's exactly what he did.
Ten days after the loss of the Titanic, Hartley's body was found floating in the water with his cherished violin (a gift from his fiancée) strapped to his back. Since that event, Hartley's actions have been seen as a lasting tribute to devotion, duty, and perseverance.
The iconic piece was returned to Hartley's fiancée in 1912, but was later lost for decades. According to a CNN.com account, "In 2006, the damaged violin was found in the attic of a home in Britain. It was authenticated through testing of salt water deposits, according to a statement released by Henry Aldridge & Son, which hosted the auction in Wiltshire, England. The violin was adorned with an engraved silver plate that connected it to Hartley."
Hartley Violin Brings World-Record Auction Value
The Titanic Museum's website reports that in October 2013 Titanic auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son Auction House of Devizes, Wiltshire, England, sold the violin. Now, under exclusive arrangements with Aldridge & Sons and the secret owner they represent, this cherished violin is coming to the Titanic Museum Attractions after fetching the highest price of any RMS Titanic artifact in history: $1.7 million.
Stand in the Presence of History
Imagine the privilege of viewing such a well-known piece with your friends and family. For a limited time the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge will welcome a limited number of guests for private introductions to this world-renowned heirloom.
Photographs will be allowed and you can explore an artifact like no other during this exclusive, VIP guided tour with a Titanic Museum crew member. You'll also receive a commemorative poster of the event.
Whether your family is interested in the Titanic legend or you have school, church or other groups who are, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Plan your Titanic getaway now for June 5–14. While you're here, explore the history of the Smokies in the Smoky Mountains National Park with the largest collection of antique log buildings in the East. Add a trip to Cades Cove to your vacation and you'll find unique reflections of our past at every turn.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.