"Nearer My God to Thee" Memorabilia


Alice Baldwin

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I'm looking for information on any type of Titanic memorabilia featuring the American version of "Nearer my God to Thee" (i.e., to the hymn tune "Bethany"). This could be in a physical representation of the music (such as visuals of music notes), or an aural one, or even just the words. I know of the 1912 postcards featuring a woman, the sinking ship, and the words and music (with a tune other than the American one), but what else is out there? I am specifically looking for memorabilia that came out 1945-1980. Anyone know of anything that fits this description?
 

Dave Gittins

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One of the more unlikely mentions is on the Titanic memorial in Broken Hill, Australia. This has the opening notes engraved on its base. It was erected in 1913 (AFAIK) by the bands of Broken Hill, a tough mining town.
 
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Hello, Alice.
I can help you, I think, with a superb 1913 post-sinking recording of "Nearer My God To Thee" (Bethany) by a wonderful Irish tenor called Jack McCormack. Here:
John McCormack - Nearer My God To Thee - YouTube
I wrote an article this year here on ET entitled "Titanic Songbook" which discusses hymns and other (less elevated) musical stuff.