Bonneville Phoenix Network
 KTAR News
 Arizona Sports
Arizona Sports Now On 98.7 FM
Latest News

Weekdays at Noon on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports

Bickley and Marotta

Updated May 24, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Violin played aboard 'Titanic' confirmed as real

That's one tough violin.

According to the Huffington Post, a violin thought to belong to Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who went down with the ship, was confirmed to be real on Thursday following a CT scan.

The CT scan's findings revealed deterioration consistent with that which an authentic violin from the Titanic would have experienced, Aldridge explained. "The violin was in a heavy-duty leather Gladstone-type bag, so the violin would have come into contact with water, but it would have been protected by the leather," he said. "The instrument is also held together with animal glue, which melts when it is hot, not when it is cold."

The violin was also found with several other hints to its age, including a silver tag that was a popular style around 1910.

The violin was returned to Hartley's fiance after his death aboard Titanic. The instrument was then passed to the current owner's mother.

The current owner is considering sending the instrument to auction.

About the Author

Carter Nacke graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2010. He has been with KTAR since March 2011.

In addition to being a news junkie, Carter enjoys talking sports -- mainly soccer and hockey -- and covers the Arizona Coyotes for

He is an Arizona native and enjoys traveling.


comments powered by Disqus
Latest News