Wallace Hartley's Violin


Wallace Hartley/The Sinking of the Titanic




Replays the final moments of the sinking


Will release cold water when finished


Playing "Nearer, My God, to Thee," on the violin.

Collected by

Mr. Stall







Date of Collection




Wallace Henry Hartley (2 June 1878 – 15 April 1912) was an English violinist and bandleader on the RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage. He became famous for leading the eight member band as the ship sank on 15 April 1912.After the Titanic hit an iceberg and began to sink, Hartley and his fellow band members started playing music to help keep the passengers calm as the crew loaded the lifeboats. Many of the survivors said that he and the band continued to play until the very end. None of the band members survived the sinking and the story of them playing to the end became a popular legend. One survivor who clambered aboard 'Collapsible A' claimed to have seen Hartley and his band standing just behind the first funnel, by the Grand Staircase. He went on to say that he saw three of them washed off while the other five held on to the railing on top the Grand Staircase's deckhouse, only to be dragged down with the bow, just before Hartley exclaimed, "Gentlemen, I bid you farewell!" A newspaper at the time reported "the part played by the orchestra on board the Titanic in her last dreadful moments will rank among the noblest in the annals of heroism at sea."

Though the final song played by the band is unknown, "Nearer, My God, to Thee" has gained popular acceptance.


When the user plays "Nearer, My God, to Thee," on the violin, they will experience what had happened on the ship. Though they would not be affected by the event, they will see what had happened as Wallace played the piece. After the piece is played, the violin gets cold and sea water beings to seep out of the instrument.


After it was released in the papers that the late Hartley's violin was discovered, the Warehouse decided to grab the violin and sent Mr. Stall with an exact replica of the object. It was a quick swap and now the violin sits in the Warehouse.

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