April 15th was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Did you know there were many animals on board during the disastrous voyage of the Titanic? In addition to the tragic loss of human life, a number of pets and other animals also perished.
A cat named Jenny was the official ship’s cat, and she lived in the ship’s galley. Jenny apparently had a litter of kittens while the ship was docked, and she reportedly disembarked the Titanic at Southampton, taking her kittens along with her.
While there are conflicting reports regarding the exact number of dogs on board, there were at least 9 dogs aboard, and possibly as many as 12. These dogs were all pets of first-class passengers. Reportedly, the dog owners had been planning to hold an informal dog show on the morning of April 15th. At least three dogs survived the tragedy, including a Pomeranian puppy named Lady, a Pekingese named Sun Yat-Sen, and another Pomeranian. The small size of these dogs probably contributed to their survival, as they were easy to keep hidden and didn’t take up space that could have been taken by another passenger.
An unknown number of roosters, hens, other birds and rats also went down with the Titanic.