April 15th, 2013, is the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, as she was on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
Over the years Titanic has been focussed in many types of media including a blockbuster film, depicting the terrible event and the loss of approximately 1,500 peoples lives. But it wasnt just humans that were passengers on board the liner, there was also 12 dogs confirmed on board too.
An interview with Dr. Edgette
was conducted last year, discussing the Titanic exhibition at The Widener University that he had produced and curated but also talks about research spanning the past 20 years. Dr Edgette explained how only the 1st class passengers were allowed their pets on board, and he also mentioned how 3 of the dogs managed to survive:-
"The dogs that survived were so small that its doubtful anyone even realized they were being carried to the lifeboats. Two were Pomeranians and the third was a Pekinese, all tiny dogs".
Dr Edgette also mentioned how one family received an insurance settlement for two of their dogs that didnt survive the disaster. A King Charles spaniel was insured for $100 and an Airedale for $200.
The 3 lucky dogs that did survive this terrible event were Lady the Pomeranian bought by Miss Margaret Hays, a Pekinese named Sun Yat-Sen and the other surviving Pomeranian owned by the Rothschilds.
There had been speculation that Captain Smith had is dog on board, due to a photograph taken on the liner. Dr .Edgette went on to explain that the dog wasnt on the ship when it sank, but was given to Smiths daughter as a present by Benjamin Guggenheim. The Russian Wolfhound was named Ben in "honour of the man who gifted him".
The photos were taken by amateur photographer, Fr. Frank Brown
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