New book with rare Titanic photos unveiled in Colne

Christian G Tennyson-Ekeberg with his book "Nearer, our God, to Thee" at Colne Library.'Photo Ben Parsons
Christian G Tennyson-Ekeberg with his book "Nearer, our God, to Thee" at Colne Library.'Photo Ben Parsons

A dedicated author who has devoted thousands of hours of his time to studying the Titanic’s bandmaster and many of its musicians has officially shared his latest work at Colne Library.

Christian G. Tennyson-Ekeberg attended the Market Street site to sign copies of “Nearer, our God, to Thee: A New Comprehensive Biography of the TITANIC Bandmaster”.

The 400-page book, which is the culmination of over 14 years of research, is filled with many new facts.

And many have been culled from relatives of musicians involved in the infamous 1912 disaster.

And a large percentage of the 350 illustrations have also never previously been published.

Bandmaster Wallace Hartley was born and raised in Colne, lived for a time in Nelson and later moved to Dewsbury in Yorkshire.

He is famed, along with the rest of the Titanic musicians, for playing on as the ship sunk after hitting an iceberg.

In Mr Tennyson-Ekeberg’s book, new light is shed on the Pendle violinist’s last hours, and the life of his fiancée Maria Robinson.

The author was also given exclusive access to the Wallace Hartley and Maria Robinson archive, which includes personal possessions recovered from Mr Hartley’s body after the disaster which shook the world.

For sales, contact 01924 461059 and for more information visit www.nearerourgodtothee.com