Researchers at the Museum of Music Automatons in Seewen are confident that they have discovered the long-lost organ of the Britannic - the sister ship of the ill-fated Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1912.
The instrument, which is documented in drawings and a photograph, had been missing for nearly a century. It was unearthed during the restoration of the Welte philharmonic organ belonging to the Museum of Music Automatons.
Dr. Christoph E. Hänggi, Director of the Museum, explains: "The organ builders were cleaning three areas under the soundboard of the organ that are not normally accessible, and found three identical stamped marks reading "Britannic".
"We'd actually always believed that our Welte philharmonic organ must have been made between 1912 and 1914, but we had no evidence of its history prior to 1920. Although the historical Welte catalogues in our academic archive contained a photograph of an organ in the stairway of the Britannic, we had never remotely considered that it could be our organ."