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Found, violin that was played as Titanic sunk: Instrument belonged to heroic band leader, tests confirm
As the Titanic sank, the band famously played on.
And more than 100 years after the tragedy, the violin owned by the band leader has been confirmed as a survivor.
The instrument used by Wallace Hartley was thought by some to have been lost in the Atlantic in the 1912 disaster.
But in 2006 the son of an amateur musician found it in an attic, complete with a silver plate showing its provenance.
After seven years of testing, costing tens of thousands of pounds, the water-stained violin has now been proven to be the one played by Hartley.
Within minutes of the Titanic striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912, the 24-year-old was instructed to assemble the band and play music in order to maintain calm. The eight musicians gallantly performed on the deck while passengers lined up for the lifeboats.
The band carried on until the bitter end, famously playing the hymn Nearer, My God, To Thee. 
Hartley and the other band members perished along with 1,500 passengers and crew when the vessel sank at 2.20am on April 15.
The rosewood violin is incredibly well-preserved despite its age and it being exposed to the sea. 
There are two long cracks on its body that are said to have been opened up by moisture damage. A corroded engraved silver plate screwed on to the base of the violin also helped provide scientists with key proof of its authenticity.
While scientists spent seven years studying the violin, specialist Titanic auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son and a biographer of Wallace Hartley meticulously researched the story behind it to discover the truth.

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xmorbidcuriosityx:

Found, violin that was played as Titanic sunk: Instrument belonged to heroic band leader, tests confirm

As the Titanic sank, the band famously played on.

And more than 100 years after the tragedy, the violin owned by the band leader has been confirmed as a survivor.

The instrument used by Wallace Hartley was thought by some to have been lost in the Atlantic in the 1912 disaster.

But in 2006 the son of an amateur musician found it in an attic, complete with a silver plate showing its provenance.

After seven years of testing, costing tens of thousands of pounds, the water-stained violin has now been proven to be the one played by Hartley.

Within minutes of the Titanic striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912, the 24-year-old was instructed to assemble the band and play music in order to maintain calm. The eight musicians gallantly performed on the deck while passengers lined up for the lifeboats.

The band carried on until the bitter end, famously playing the hymn Nearer, My God, To Thee. 

Hartley and the other band members perished along with 1,500 passengers and crew when the vessel sank at 2.20am on April 15.

The rosewood violin is incredibly well-preserved despite its age and it being exposed to the sea. 

There are two long cracks on its body that are said to have been opened up by moisture damage. A corroded engraved silver plate screwed on to the base of the violin also helped provide scientists with key proof of its authenticity.

While scientists spent seven years studying the violin, specialist Titanic auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son and a biographer of Wallace Hartley meticulously researched the story behind it to discover the truth.

Read more.

thatlazybasterd:

maddistarri:

Realistic 

1)  The day my sister got back from the hospital after a suicide attempt. I didnt let go for about an hour.

2) Kid just found out his brother was shot and killed.

3) A Russian war veteran kneels beside the tank he spent the war in, now a monument.

4) Man sobbing at animal shelter. After being jailed briefly and his dog Buzz Lightyear impounded he couldn’t afford the $400 to get his pet back.

5) A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires that burned across Victoria, Australia, in 2009.

6) Alcoholic father with his son

7) Robert Peraza pauses at his son’s name on the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center.

8) Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012

9) After two double lung transplants and years of battling cystic fibrosis, my good friend passed away last Saturday. This was one of the last pics taken with his mother.

all the feels ever

buzzfeed:

Local news is the best.

lolsofunny:

romewasnotbuiltinaday:

deanchester:

palmtree2013:

It’s been almost 2 years since friday by rebecca black can you believe it

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this can’t  be true.

*looks up date for friday’s release*

HOLY MOLY ZUES ALMIGHTY

LOL