Passenger graves and memorials web tribute


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Dear Shelley,

What a great new site! I, too, am a cemetery nut, and even my daughter has recently gained a reputation for her informative, nocturnal tours of our beautiful old Salado Graveyard, just as I did as a teenager at the City of Lubbock Cemetery!
I am just so proud!!

Quite seriously, thank you for this great site and for your sensitivity for the sometimes forgotten or neglected grave sites and memorials of those long departed.

Best regards,
Doug
 
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Thanks Doug! I spent an enchanted day Friday at Swan Point in North Providence, visiting the Ostby grave site- one of the most impressive park-like cemeteries I have ever seen next to Mount Auburn. I had never been in summer and all the flowers were in bloom and the grounds immaculately manicured. The Ostby celtic cross is enormous and many headstones are in the large plot. I shot up an entire roll of film there which will be designed into a webpage for the Otsby family this week. The response from Canada and the UK has been heartening as well, donating photographs on the memorials and Lusitania pages. This undertaking has been rather like a potluck supper- everybody has brought something wonderful to the table, and pretty soon we shall have a visual feast. Have also met some new people in the process- another blessing unexpected.http://www.revdma2.com/Lusitania.html
http://www.revdma2.com/Memorials.html
 
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Some questions, Shelley:

1)What is the hymn number for "I vow to thee my country" (first line of the hymn you used on your new site) It's not in the '82 hymnal. I can't get it out of my head and want my choir to take it on for the Sunday of the July 4th weekend.

2)Is "Horbury" the title of the setting for "Nearer My God to Thee" as played in "A Night to Remember"? Neither version is in the '82 hymnal, as you probably already know.

3)Is that you playing the piano for the various pages on your site?

Doug
 
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It IS a haunting composition Doug! Actually the melody is from Gustav Holst's Jupiter section of "The Planets" Symphony. The hymn tune is Thaxted I believe- and it is not in American Hymnals. Actually I could also not find it in the British Hymns Ancient and Modern either! I love it because it speaks of sacrifice and service- two virtues displayed aboard Titanic in abundance. More on this piece can be found at
http://www.cyberhymnal.org as well as most of the versions of Nearer My God to Thee.
 
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John Dykes' Horbury is the version played in ANTR and also the one heard at the recent TIS convention in Newport. It is especially heartrending played by a string ensemble. The Cyberhymnal link above has the midi, score, and info on many versions of the hymn. Americans know the Bethany hymn tune best. And no- !- not me on the piano on the site. I once had to play the Horbury for a television crew on April 15th at a Titanic 2nd class dinner re-creation and was so nervous it was unrecognizable- even after about 20 "takes"! I only play now for myself and God! :)
 
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Brutally hot this week in New England so not much to post until Monday as cemetery visiting was curtailed. Here are the Chambers, Norman and Bertha in lovely Kensico Cemetery which is actually in Mount Pleasant, not Valhalla, Westchester County- not far from the Tapanzee bridge. The cemetery has a site with directions- a really beautiful spot- http://www.kensico.org/
There were so many graves in the Otsby Plot at Swan Point, R.I.- an entire page is going to be needed-it would seem Engelhart had many relatives. That page will go up Sunday night.
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Shelley, thank you for the information on hymns. I've forwarded all this to our choir master. I'm not sure, however, that the hymn links you sited are working ones.

Thanks again for this great information, from one cemetery-hopper to another!

Regards,
Doug
 
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Cecil Spring-Rice wrote the lyrics to I Vow to Thee My Country a month before he died (Valentine's Day 1918). He was a British Ambassador and was quite a figure in politcal circles in Edwardian times. His telegrams to the Admiralty during WWI about guns aboard German ships are riveting- and can be accessed online under The Churchill Papers which are now unclassified. THAXTED is a village in Essex by the way. I found the hymn at last in the REVISED Hymns Ancient and Modern #579 or maybe you can print this page out from your computer. A biography on Spring-Rice is just out.
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A Thank- you to Stephen Quinn of Liverpool who sent in some wonderful photos for the UK page. I was really impressed with the Rowe monument. Some of the epitaphs are very touching- seems the British monuments contain many more sentiments than American stones. I wonder how many more contain "Nearer My God to Thee"? James Drew's stone in Rhode Island is the only one I have seen with the longitude and latitude of the ship actually engraved on the stone. Stephen has also kindly offered to take visitors to view these stones, and has offered his email address as contact for would-be Liverpool visitors [email protected]
A closer view of the Maxwell inscription is in the works.
http://www.revdma2.com/UK.html
 

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