Tomorrow morning marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic plunging two and a half miles down in the blue abyss to rest on the ocean floor. We know all the stories of the human loss, the survivors, and the lucky ones. But what of the animals?
There might have been more, but based on eyewitness accounts and ship’s records, there were 12 canines confirmed on board, only three of which survived.
Small is good in this catastrophe. Two Pomeranians and a Pekingese survived. A Ms. Hays owned one Pomeranian, purchased while she was in Paris, and that night cuddled in a blanket while Hays stepped into a lifeboat. The other one was owned by the Rothschilds. The Pekingese was brought aboard by the the Harpers. If that sounds familiar it’s the same Harper of Harper & Row Publishing of New York.
Crews, back then, often had at least one cat on board each ship to help keep the rat population down. Yes, by all accounts, there was a cat with kittens on board during the sea trials of the Titanic...