Saturday, November 24, 2012

1912- Hymn NOT Played As Titanic Sank

The Washington Times.,
November 24 1912

Col. Archibald Gracie Shatters Often Repeated Story of "Nearer, My God to Thee."

The Titanic Orchestra-
Did they or didn't they?
That immortal belief that the band on board the Titanic played "Nearer, My God to Thee," as the great ocean liner went to its watery grave, was shattered by Col. Archibald Gracie, one of the survivors of the disaster, in an address before the University Club last night, when he declared the band at the time of the sinking of the ship had quit playing and the majority of the instruments of the musicians were scarttered about over the deck of the vessel.

Perhaps the largest crowd ever at the club heard Colonel Gracie "Tell the Truth about the Titanic."  Colonel Gracie said the band had played ragtime music, and only a little while after the compact of the ship against the ice.  He was of the opinion that had the band played, "Nearer, My God to Thee," the men aboard the ship would have had a much harder time in consoling the women and children.

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