Titanic.....And The Band Played On.
100 years ago today at this time Titanic hit a iceberg in the North Atlantic causing the death of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. Two hours and forty minutes after Titanic struck the iceberg, her rate of sinking suddenly increased as her forward deck dipped underwater and the sea poured in through open hatches and grates. The wreck that lies over 12,000 feet (3,700 m) below the surface, in a location where the water pressure is over 6,500 pounds per square inch. At 2.20 am, it sank, breaking loose from the bow section. The remaining passengers and crew were plunged into lethally cold water with a temperature of only 28 °F (−2 °C).
The ship's band, led by Wallace Hartley, who heroically played on while the great steamer was sinking. This seems to be true but there has been conflicting information about which song was the last to be heard. The most reported is "Nearer, My God, to Thee", though "Autumn" has been mentioned. It seems Autumn is the song that is the one played before they went down. The ship's eight-member orchestra travelled as second-class passengers, and were not on the payroll of the White Star Line, but were contracted to White Star by the Liverpool firm of C.W. & F.N. Black, who placed musicians on almost all British liners. Until the night of sinking, the orchestra performed as two separate entities: a quintet led by violinist and official bandleader Wallace Hartley, that played at teatime, after-dinner concerts, and Sunday services, among other things; and the violin, cello and piano trio of Roger Bricoux, George Krins and Theodore Brailey, that played at the Á La Carte Restaurant and the Café Parisien. None of them survived.
I wonder today how many men would stay behind and know that you are going to die and let Mothers, Sisters, Wives, and kids go. Knowing it would be the last time you would see them. It seems today that men are becoming wimps. They would jump over kids to get on that boat. Men today need to find honor and courage that people from that era had. Look at the men of WWII. Men today have become more worried about what they look like, what they drive, or what they can show off. It is sad. I am not saying I am no better but I hope I would have the courage to stand on the deck while women and children made is safely off the ship. I will always have so much respect for the band who stayed on the deck and played while the ship went down. Can you imagine how hard it would have been to concentrate on what your playing knowing you are about to die. They just dont make men like this anymore. So just remember that 100 years ago today REAL MEN stood on the deck of a ship and kissed their loved ones goodbye and went to their grave with honor. I salute you......And The Band Played On. [link]