We're all aware that today marks 100 years since the R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk to the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean. The reason we bring it up here is because of a few minor connections with the Canon: the Marconi wireless that was used on the ship, as well as Bill Seil's book Sherlock Holmes and the Titanic Tragedy: A Case to Remember that found the great detective on board the vessel for its maiden voyage.
But we'd like to stop for a moment and simply take this auspicious occasion to remember the 1,517 people who perished that cold night exactly 100 years ago. To do so, we share this short playlist of songs that were said to have been the last played by the band: "Song d'Automne" and two different versions of "Nearer, My God To Thee" from the 1958 film A Night to Remember and of course the 1997 film Titanic.
In addition to those heartfelt notes and tragic images, we also like to listen to Gavin Bryar's very odd and mesmerizing album The Sinking of the Titanic, with its haunting sounds of creaking metal, muffled voices and wistful strings.
These videos and music are a sad reminder of the fragile souls who were taken from the world on that cold April night so long ago. May they and the R.M.S. Titanic rest in peace.
P.S. You may note that while we usually time our posts at 2:21 a.m., this one was posted at 2:20 a.m. This was in observance of the local sinking time of the Titanic.
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