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Titanic violin added to show
A VIOLIN dedicated to Colne’s Titanic band leader Wallace Hartley, who played on as the ship went down, has been added to an exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the disaster.
“Unsinkable”, the exhibition at Lancaster Maritime Museum, celebrates the county’s links to the Titanic and runs until October 30 between 11am and 5pm, seven days a week.
The actual violin played by Hartley on the Titanic was never found.
There are several legends about this one but it was probably made by Arthur Catton Lancaster, who knew Hartley very well, as a tribute to him after the disaster.
The violin is on loan from July to September from the Burnley Music Centre, Lancashire Music Service.
Visitors can find out about aspects of the Titanic's history linked to Lancashire including: l The White Star Line company’s Lancashire origins l ITC Famous band leader Wallace Hartley from Colne, who played on the ill-fated voyage l Second officer Charles Lightoller from Chorley l Andrew Latimer from Skerton, Lancaster who was chief steward on the ship People can also learn how the disaster was reported, find out how events unfolded, and try their hand at Morse code.
Rachel Roberts, Lancashire County Council's acting manager of the maritime museum, said: “Lancashire has several links to the Titanic and some famous Lancastrians were onboard during its tragic journey.”
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