Wallace Hartley Starland Music Sheet

RMS Titanic, 1912, Tom Rudderham Collection

As the Titanic’s bow began to slip under the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the ship’s band, led by Wallace Hartley, played music to help keep the passengers calm. 

Minute by minute, as the ship quietly lowered into the sea, music from the Titanic’s band echoed across the inky black waters, with the final tune reportedly being the hymn “Nearer, My God, to Thee”, which you can hear in the background.

This music sheet music was found on Wallace Hartley’s body when it was recovered from the sea, almost two weeks after the sinking. It’s the final page of Starland, and shows water damage to the rear. Hartley would have carried this sheet alongside other papers and his violin, as he performed on board the Titanic.

  • RMS Titanic
  • 1912
  • Artefact, Disaster Exhibition, Paper Ephemera
  • 401.027