Thursday, April 12, 2012

100th anniversary of Titanic Disaster: The other love story -- Ann Elizabeth Isham gave her life for her dog

The world recalls the historic morning 100 years ago when the Titanic sailed out into the open sea to start its momentous journey, never to reach its destination.

100th anniversary of Titanic Disaster: The other love story
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. (Via Wikipedia)

The apparently 'Unsinkable' liner began its journey on April 10, 1912 and met the tragedy on April 14, 1912 after hitting an iceberg off Newfoundland shortly before midnight and sinking two hours later, killing 1,514 passengers and crewmembers.

During the past 100 years everybody might have been talked about each and every aspect of this unfortunate liner, its passengers, its crewmembers and the luxuries provided therein; but have you thought about few four-footed passengers on board?

There were twelve dogs on the ill-fated Titanic, all belongs to 1st class passengers, and only three were survived the disaster. Those lucky three include a baby Pomeranian Lady, whose owner, Margaret Hays of New York City, covered her in a blanket and took her into a lifeboat.

The other two dogs to survive were also small, pedigreed pooches that travelled in cabins of their owners. Sun Yat-sen, a Pekingese belonging to Henry and Myra Harper (of the Harper & Row publishing dynasty) lived to yip another day, as did a Pomeranian belonging to Elizabeth Rothschild of New York.

The other 9 dogs died in this tragedy were restricted to an onboard kennel, where they were walked and cared for by crewmembers.

An emotional story, to me more touching than the story of Jack and Rose, is also associated with one of the dogs killed in Titanic disaster. There was a Great Dane among unlucky dogs owned by Ann Elizabeth Isham. She climbed out of a lifeboat after being informed that her dog was too big to join her, therefore has been returned to the ship’s kennel. A few days after the sinking, her body was found by a recovery ship, clutching her darling dog.

Tags: Titanic, Titanic tragedy, Titanic accident, Ann Elizabeth Isham, Unsinkable, Jack and Rose, Southampton, England,

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