April 15, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic…Widener University, named for a prominent Philadelphia family that had three members on board, will honor the memory of that fateful voyage with an exhibit, a part of which will feature the dogs on board.
There were 12 dogs aboard and only three survived. Two were Pomeranians and a Pekinese, all tiny dogs…
“…Although a few of the animals shared the cabins of their owners, most were kept in the ship’s kennel and tended to by crewmembers, so they were considered more as cargo and not on any passenger manifest.
“…One particularly sad story involves a Great Dane owned by 50-year-old Ann Elizabeth Isham. Miss Isham visited her dog at the ship’s kennel daily and when she was evacuating, asked to take him also. When she was told the dog was too large, she refused to leave without him and got out of the lifeboat. Several days later, the body of a woman clutching a large dog was spotted by crew of the recovery ship, Mackay-Bennet, and dinghies were dispatched. Eyewitness accounts by crew and ship’s log confirm the sighting and recovery, and the body recovered is assumed to be Miss Isham.
The nine dogs confined in the onboard kennel — where they were walked and cared for by crewmembers — all died. Two belonged to American coal magnate William Carter, who reassured his worried children that their pets were safe as they clambered into the lifeboats. His daughter Lucy was later compensated $100 by Lloyds of London for her King Charles spaniel, while his son Billy received $200 for his Airedale.
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…more than 1,500 people died as the “unsinkable” ship went down…