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Titanic Mystery Solved: Song Toy Played as Ship Sank Is Identified

Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 03:55 PM

By Morgan Chilson

The stuffed pig that played music repeatedly to soothe children as the Titanic sank has been repaired and the song that played through the ordeal has been identified, The Telegraph reported.

Telegraph readers identified the tune after the newspaper published the story about the stuffed pig last week, laying to rest questions about the “eerie” music that comforted children on the life raft as the tragedy occurred.

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The song was “La Sorella” by Charles Borel-Clerk and Louis Gallini.

The toy pig, which is kept at the National Maritime Museum in Britain, was X-rayed to determine how it broke. The toy was subsequently fixed. Museum workers played the pig three times, recording the tune, and then the Telegraph implored readers to help figure out what the song was.

The Daily Mail reported museum employees who heard the tune were moved by the experience.

“It was one of those goose-bump moments,” said curator Rory McEvoy. “We never expected it would have been possible. It was tremendously exciting and eerie at the same time.”

Identifying the song put to rest rumors that it was a South American dance song called "Maxixe." “La Sorella” is known as La Matchiche, which is pronounced the same as Maxixe, which led to the confusion.

The pig has its own poignant history; it was a good luck symbol that passenger Edith Rosenbaum received from her mother. Rosenbaum, who survived the ordeal, said she went back to her room to get the pig after the ship crashed.

Although she first refused to get on the lifeboats, a passing sailor grabbed the pig out of her hands and tossed it onto the boat, so she followed.

“When they threw that pig, I knew it was my mother calling me,” she said.

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