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Abide with… who?

By Mike Cunningham On October 20th, 2013

You are a lead musician on board the world’s most famous liner. You, along with all the other crew members and the thousands of passengers, have all been told, time and again, that this ship is ‘unsinkable’. So perhaps you are a mite puzzled to find that, after heading at full speed into known iceberg territory in the freezing North Atlantic, your ‘unsinkable’ ship is less than two hours away from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean after ramming the outcrop side of a huge iceberg, slicing open the hull past five ‘watertight bulkheads’; and dooming the gigantic liner to sink, also dooming most of her passengers.

You stick to your duty and your job, which is that of lead violinist, and play whilst some 700 are lucky enough to gain the outnumbered lifeboats, most sticking to the ‘code’ of ‘women and children first’; and you join the 2200-odd souls who died, most in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic; with your violin in a case strapped to your body. No-one can imagine the terror of that cold, cold, lonely death in the water, surrounded by so many others who suffer the same fate as yourself.

So, as you gaze down from the Valhalla reserved for the souls of the drowned and forlorn, I bet you are so pleased that some very rich ghoul has just bought your violin for £900,000.00!

 

 

2 Responses to “Abide with… who?”

  1. I still think I’d reserve my haunting for the folks who failed to provide adequate life boats.

    As for the violin in question, it is probably too damaged to play music and failed as a floatation device so where is the value in it?

  2. You, along with all the other crew members and the thousands of passengers, have all been told, time and again, that this ship is ‘unsinkable’.

    It was apparently one of the myths about the Titanic, that it was widely reported as unsinkable beforehand.