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Hear the haunting song that played from a toy pig as the Titanic sank

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Musical toy pig from the Titanic (National Maritime Museum via Facebook)
Musical toy pig from the Titanic (National Maritime Museum via Facebook)

As the RMS Titanic sank into the freezing Atlantic Ocean in 1912, Edith Rosenbaum was among the lucky ones — she made an escape on a lifeboat filled with children. The children were frightened and needed comfort, something to take their attention away from the death they were witnessing as the colossal ship descended into the dark water. On that night, on that raft, Rosenbaum calmed her fellow survivors with a musical toy pig. Now, more than 100 years later, you can hear that same song from that same toy pig in The Telegraph video embedded below.

The music is eerie and haunting, in large part because of its link to the tragedy. Rosenbaum served as a consultant on the 1958 film A Night to Remember about the Titanic's collision with an iceberg, and the more than 1,500 lives it claimed. Actress Theresa Thorne even played a toy pig-carrying Rosenbaum in the classic movie — but until recently, this song couldn't be heard. In 2003, the toy pig was passed on to the UK's National Maritime Museum by a writer and producer on A Night to Remember and the music box inside was broken, The Telegraph says in a report.

A chilling song unheard for decades

Recently, the museum ran X-ray scans of the toy pig and learned that its tail was dislodged inside. The museum was then "able to insert a small brass rod to the device, to turn the mechanism and play the song," the report explains. To keep from damaging the toy further, the song was only played three times, but thankfully a recording was made and shared on The Telegraph's website. Within 24 hours, readers helped identify the song as "La Sorella" by Charles Borel-Clerc and Louis Gallini. The tail has since been reattached and the pig — which is made of wood, papier maché, and actual pig skin — will be put on exhibit in the museum next week.