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Extra info for And the Band Played On . . .: The Enthralling Account of What Happened After the Titanic Sank
Many hundreds of books have been written about the Titanic. Nearly all of them, like films of the disaster, end with the ship, its stern vertical in the water, disappearing beneath the waves. This book begins where the lives of the passengers and crew end: with the aftermath. It is a shocking story of corporate callousness and cover-ups, with powerful contemporary parallels. It is set in the context of a corrosive class system that was as ruthless in its discrimination in death as it was in life.
Jock Hume did the same with his violin, first putting a cloth over the strings to protect the polished wood, slipping the violin mute into his pocket. He kept his hand there for a few moments to warm his fingers, long enough to feel his watch and look at the time. m. The bow of the ship was completely under water now, the icy water slapping the musicians’ thighs. They moved further back towards the stern so that they could jump clear of the side. It would have been Jock’s style to volunteer to jump first, joking that it would be like a dip in the Mediterranean compared to swimming in a Scottish burn in summer.
For the next eight days and nights, kept upright and buoyant by their cork lifejackets, Hartley’s violin case still strapped firmly to his chest, they were carried forty miles from the Titanic’s last resting place by winds and currents. We will never know how, in the last minutes of their lives, numb with cold, they managed to achieve this, or how or when the other five slipped away from the rest of the band. But on 23 April the three dead bandsmen had a rendezvous with a ship as remarkable in its own way as the Titanic: the cable ship Mackay-Bennett.