…The instrument used by Wallace Hartley was thought by some to have been lost in the Atlantic in the 1912 disaster.
But in 2006 the son of an amateur musician found it in an attic, complete with a silver plate showing its provenance.
After seven years of testing, costing tens of thousands of pounds, the water-stained violin has now been proven to be the one played by Hartley.
Within minutes of the Titanic striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912, the 24-year-old was instructed to assemble the band and play music in order to maintain calm. The eight musicians gallantly performed on the deck while passengers lined up for the lifeboats.
The band carried on until the bitter end, famously playing the hymn ‘Nearer, My God, To Thee’…