Dogs survival stories from the 1912 sinking of the Titanic
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912, after striking an iceberg during her maiden voyage. Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, more than 1,500 died, making it the deadliest peacetime sinking of a superliner to date.
Although most of the attention around the sinking of the Titanic, goes to the people who died and the engineering flaws that doomed the ship there is more. There were also 12 dogs on board, whose last moments are surprisingly.
The Titanic was equipped with a first-rate kennel and the dogs were well-cared for. Aside from the kenneled dogs, some first-class passengers kept pets in their staterooms, with the crew turning a blind eye.
Three dogs survived. Few things in common among the three dogs were: they were being kept in staterooms, not in the kennel, and they were tiny. They were taken into lifeboats by their owners, most likely wrapped in blankets or tucked under a coat.
Lady: a Pomeranian purchased by Margaret Bechstein Hays, in Paris. Her owner took Lady, wrapped in a blanket, aboard Lifeboat 7.
Sun Yat Sen: a Pekingese belonging to Myra and Henry S. Harper, publishing magnate. The couple and their dog were on Lifeboat 3. Later, Henry Harper was asked about saving their dog rather than other people. "There seemed to be lots of room, and nobody made any objection,” he reportedly said.
Martin and Elizabeth Jane Rothschild: Another Pomeranian: owned by . Mrs. Rothschild hid the dog until the following morning when those on Lifeboat 6 were rescued by the RMS Carpathia. The crew initially refused to take the dog on board, but Mrs. Rothschild insisted. Mr. Rothschild didn’t survive the shipwreck.
The dogs that didn’t make it were all bigger. There was one King Charles Spaniel, and a few Airedales, a Fox Terrier, a French Bulldog and a Great Dane. The plan was also to have a little dog show later in the trip, but the ship sank before that could happen. As the ship sank and people were running for their lives, at some point, somebody decided to free the dogs from their kennels. The dogs then raced up and down the slanting, sinking deck.
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