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Dogs On The Titanic

Updated on March 2, 2013

Famous Dogs Of The Titanic

The anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is quickly approaching. Throughout the years, people have been fascinated with its story. We read about it, watch movies about it, and continue to carry on its memory. The last of Titanic's survivors have passed away, but artifacts and stories live on. One of these unique stories is about the animals on the Titanic. Branson, Missouri has one such story. Pictured is a King Charles Spaniels, which represents one of the animals that was on board. Branson's Titanic museum has two mascot King Charles Spaniels who are adorable! The article below was inspired by these two cuties and is dedicated to the animals of the Titanic.

Molly and Carter

Rigel A Hero Of The Titanic

Life Boat #4 was set on a collision course with the Carpathia and would have been destroyed if it were not for the efforts of Rigel, a Newfoundland. Newfies are known for their dense coats, brute strength, and ability to swim. Stories have been passed around regarding Rigel and no one has been able to verify who his owner was. Legend is Rigel was owned by First Mate Murdoch of the Titanic.

When Rigel was separated from his owner, he went on a 3 hour search and rescue mission. He was unable to find his beloved owner, but he managed to bark in time to alert the Carpathia of the oncoming collision. Carpathia was able to avoid the boat and bring the survivors on board. A seaman on board the Carpathia took the dog in when the ship docked in America.

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The Legend Of Rigel - A heroic dog of the Titanic.

The Legend Of Rigel: Hero Dog of the Titanic
The Legend Of Rigel: Hero Dog of the Titanic

Rigel is a Newfoundland whose brave effort to try to find his master were met in vain. He helps to rescue Titanic survivors as he tries to find his owner First Mate Murdock.


Other Resources About Dogs On The Titanic

Harry Anderson's Chow

Harry Anderson was one of the few men that survived the sinking of the Titanic. Harry was born in the U.K. but spent most of his life in the United States. He had just finished up a business trip to Britain and had booked a ticket on the Titanic. He was able to board life boat Number 3. Harry was an avid Yachtsman and died in his 50's. His Chow did not survive the sinking.

Complied from: Titanic

Did you know?

A dog show was scheduled for April 15th. The Titanic accommodated champion dogs with luxurious kennels.

William Carter's Airdale

William Ernest Carter was a resident of Pennsylvannia. His wife and children were on board with him when the ship sank. William was in attendance at a dinner party held in honor of Captain Smith the night that the Titanic sank. The men played cards and smoked after dinner.

William was able to get his family onto lifeboat 4.

It was reported that as boats were being loaded around 2 a.m. and that shots were fired. As boats were lowered, William was able to step inside and was rescued

William died in Florida and is buried in Pennsylvannia. His Airdale did not survive.

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Robert Daniel's French Bulldog Gamin de Pycombe

Robert Williams Daniel traveled along on the Titanic. He was a 27-year-old banker. No family members were listed on the passenger list. Robert was one of the lucky few that was rescued from the icy waters after the sinking. Robert made a claim on the dog with his insurance agency since it was a champion dog. In today's estimates, he paid over 11,000 dollars for Gamin.

Another passenger made a statement years later that she could hear the dog whimpering next door. She went in to calm the dog and put it in bed. She stated that he was very sweet and obedient.

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William Carter's King Charles Spaniel

Like Molly and Carter, the Titanic carried a King Charles Spaniel on board. Carter, who is a member of the crew on the Branson Titanic museum, was most likely named after William Carter. William Carter survived the sinking of the Titanic and also had an Airdale on board. Neither dog survived.

John Jacob Astor's Airdale Kitty

John Jacob Astor and his wife had an Airdale on board. Her name was Kitty. The couple were protective of Kitty because she had gone missing during an excursion to Egypt. John had offered a huge reward for her return. They most likely would have kept Kitty in their room during their travel on the Titanic.

It is rumored that John released all dogs on board from their kennels. This has not been proven, and John did not survive the sinking. His wife, who was pregnant at the time, managed to board one of the life boats.

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Titanic Mystery Solved

Titanic At 100: Mystery Solved
Titanic At 100: Mystery Solved

The History Channel does a great job of documenting the sinking of the Titanic and describing in detail just what caused her sinking.


More Great Titanic Books - Learn more about her sinking from the passengers and more.

Margaret Bechstein Hays' Pomeranian

Margaret Bechstein Hays was a young woman traveling with friends, and her Pomeranian, when the Titanic sank. She was one of the first on a life boat when evacuations began. Margaret carefully tucked her little dog in her coat, and both survived. Margaret is best known for caring for the Titanic orphans. They were little boys that had lost their father in the sinking. He had taken them, without permission, out of the country. The boys were later returned to their mother in England.

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Sun Yat Sen with family
Sun Yat Sen with family

Henry Sleeper Harper's Pekingese

Henry Sleeper Harper Pekingese survived two boats that collided with icebergs. He and his wife were returning from an excursion to Egypt when they boarded the Titanic. Henry was on his way back to help in the family business of publishing. He and his wife had no children. Henry, his servant, his wife, and their Pekingese Sun Yat Sen all survived by boarding one of the life boats. Henry later remarried and had one child.

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Helen Bishop's Frou Frou

Helen Bishop was very beautiful. She was the second wife of Dickinson Bishop. They were on honeymoon and returning to the States after a trip abroad. One of their stops was in Egypt where a fortune teller told Helen that she would survive a shipwreck but would die in a car wreck. While abroad, Helen acquired a dog from France. Its name was Frou Frou. After learning of the ships fate, the couple locked Frou Frou in its cage in their room. Helen and her husband boarded boat number 7 and were rescued. The couple also survived an earthquake in 1913. The couple was involved in a car wreck which left Helen very ill. She died 3 months later. Frou Frou's breed is not mentioned.

You can find a testimony from Helen about the Titanic here

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Anne Elizabeth Isham's Great Dane

This one is up for debate. Some reports say that Anne did not have a dog on board while others state that she did.

Anne was the daughter of Edward Isham who ran a law firm with the son of Abraham Lincoln. Anne never married and eventually went abroad to live with her sister in Paris. Anne boarded the Titanic to attend the funeral of a family friend. There is no information as to what happened to her body. There was a report that a woman's body was found in the waters clinging to a large dog.

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      6 years ago

      I am a Titanic Fanatic! It was so interesting reading about these dogs on the Titanic, thanks so much for sharing!

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      esvoytko lm 

      6 years ago

      I had no idea about some of these stories. I love Newfoundlands and liked the one about Rigel!

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      6 years ago

      I didn't know there were any dogs on the ship. Great lens!

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      Deadicated LM 

      6 years ago

      Interesting Lens, I really enjoyed it There use to be 2 elderly sisters from Belgium that lived nearby me, one was supposed to be on the Titanic and she found a dog on the dock, they wouldn't let her onboard with the dog an she didn't board the boat. She lived to be well into her 90's and always remained an animal fanatic. True story.

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      6 years ago

      Fascinating - history is so interesting when made personal like this.

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      6 years ago

      I join so many fascinated by the Titanic, and never ever gave thought before this lens to the animals on board, and heroes among them yet, thank you for opening my eyes, and a *blessing* to you. Beautiful page.

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      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I like the stories behind the ship. I just watched a show with Len Goodman as the narrator. It was pretty good. It was about the 100th anniversary. This lens is very interesting. I didn't even realize that dogs were on the ship. Blessed by a Squid Angel for this informative story.

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      6 years ago

      Wonderful lens honoring the memory of the victims of the Titanic and their pets. I really never gave it much thought that there were victims other than people.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Very sweet lens. Angel Blessed and pinned to my Dogs Board.

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      6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Thank you for this lens. I doubt anyone ever stopped to think about the animals on the Titanic before.

    • radkoaleks profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice story. I'm really surprised with this one.

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      6 years ago

      I never even knew there were any dogs on board. An interesting lens.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This is a subject I'd never thought of. Tragic again, because so many people consider pets as part of their families. :( Very interesting page!

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      6 years ago

      I am certainly fascinated with the Titanic! What a fantastic lens!

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      Vicki Green 

      6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      A fascinating perspective on the sinking of the Titanic. Even though I'm crazy about my dogs, I had never thought about whether or not there were any on board the Titanic.

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      6 years ago

      Of all the stories I have read and heard about the Titanic, this is the first time I've heard anything about the pets on board. Very interesting stories.

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      6 years ago

      Wow nice unique information. Worth reading lens.

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      6 years ago

      Wow just wow! The first picture of the two dogs wearings the "heart of the ocean" is adorable :)

      This is just so sad though...I made a lens on titanic myself and while doing research I came across some information about two dogs surviving but I had no idea about all this! Thank you for sharing

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      6 years ago

      Wow! Interesting lens! I never thought about all the animals on board the boat, thanks for sharing the info!

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      6 years ago

      I found this article to be fascinating. You reminded me that the Titanic was a complete city, with people, pets, and everything else that they needed for a long voyage.

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting lens, appreciated the read.

    • Aquavel profile image


      6 years ago

      This is my type of lens. I love it! I didn't know anything about these four legged heroes before reading it! So sorry for those who lost their owners and those who died in the tragedy. Beautiful lens and tribute to man's/women's best friend!


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