I’ll take Hartley’s word for it.
As Walter Lord said, In A Night To Remember, Bride was a professional observer.
He made his living by listening and by paying attention to details.
I'm inclined to take Bride's word over many others.
Just my 2 cents.
Translation: I'll take Hartley's word based on a quote he is attributed to have said before the sinking, because it fits inside my box.
If we took his statement for truth, then it does confirm without doubt the orchestra was still playing when the boat deck was flooding, that they had time to wrap up the ragtime music, and play one more song.
This is one of those questions about Titanic that will probably never be solved. Many conflicting witnesses all reporting something different. But your statement about the panic seems correct to me. I would have to check it out more but I would probably go with what the majority of people in lifeboats heard as the last song. I believe they were less paniced and confused about things in the final moments.The panic would have probably exploded once the people saw the water crash onto the boat deck and most likely would have drowned out any sound of the band from the boats. I’m not sure how close you’d have to be to either see or hear the band at this point in the sinking.
Was that this interview from 1983( alllegedly)? It sounds like she does actually hint at a breakup. I’m not too sure if this is not from after the discovery. The language used hints at the wreck being already discovered.Hi, Paul!
Somewhere in my boxes of unsorted material I have a "pre-Ballard" audio tape in which Eva adamantly insisted that the Titanic went down in one piece. (As you know, she changed her story once Ballard discovered that the wreck was in two pieces.)
Another example concerns Eva's stewardess (whom she claimed was Lucy Snape.) Eva told Don and me that, soon after the collision, Mr. Hart was undecided about how serious the accident really was and asked Lucy Snape for advice. According to Eva, Lucy said, "I'll go ask my fiance,' who happens to be one of the wireless operators. He'll tell me what's going on."
Don and I exchanged glances when Eva told us that, because Lucy Snape was recently widowed at the time of the Titanic's maiden voyage; we're both pretty sure that Eva was adding a few colorful details to her story in order to spice it up a bit.
On a separate visit to Eva's home, Eva told Don one or two other stories that he expressed strong reservations about when he and I discussed the stories later. Since I wasn't present when Eva told these stories, though, I won't repeat them here.
Hope this info will be of use to you, old chap.
All my best,