Dogs Of A Night To Remember (Revised)
“One hundred years ago today,” Spence says. “There were at least ten and possibly twelve dogs on board the Titanic. And it’s usually said that three survived. According to the curator of an exhibit at Widener University – “
“A Titanic name,” says Admin.
” – the three were two Pomeranians and a Pekinese named Sun Yat-Sen (owned by the Harpers of Harper and Row). But that doesn’t account for a Newfoundland named Rigel. See the contemporaneous clipping below from the New York Herald, April 21, 1912 (hat tip – Melanie; and also belated happy birthday! And happy birthday to Rio!). But no mention of Rigel in the linked story! Kind of a puzzler. Maybe we can get to the bottom of this.”
“As it were.”
Note: It now appears that the Rigel story is pure legend of the feel-good kind. The link above is accurate – three dogs, all small, survived. Time to quote Emily Litella.
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