The Titanic’s Canine Passengers


Today, on the anniversary of the sinking of the H.M.S. Titanic, we remember it’s canine passengers. I found the picture above on Pinterest, with the following caption: “Captain Edward Smith of the Titanic and his beautiful Borzoi which was saved.” After re-pinning it, I’d experience a meloncholy pang every time my eye fell upon the photo as I scrolled through my board. Finally, I decided to find out more about the Captain’s dog and turned to the internet for a little instant research gratification. It transpires that others had taken an interest in the Titanic’s four legged passengers, as I found a wealth of material on the subject. I soon discovered that there were thirteen dogs onboard the Titanic, not including the dog pictured above, which was in fact a Russian Wolfhound. From’s website –

“One photo shows the Titanic’s captain, Captain Smith, holding a Russian wolfhound called Ben, named for industrialist Benjamin Guggenheim, who gave the captain the dog as a gift for his daughter. But Ben never made the journey, as he disembarked before the ship sailed.”

Assuming that you, like myself, would like to know more about the Titanic dogs, you may follow this link for an article I found on the Psychology Today website written by Stanley Coren, Ph.D., F.R.S.C.,  a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. It’s an excellent summary of events.

You can then click here to read the full article about a past exhibition at the Widener University Art Gallery, in Chester, Pa. that focused on the animals onboard the Titanic.



Court Attire – Rachel
Etiquette and Manners – Joanna Waugh

Tiaras – Amanda McCabe
Regency Hotspots – Romance Anne
Opera in Regency England – Louisa Cornell

Random Bits of Regency – Bess Gilmartin
Travel: Regency and Victorian Style -Vic (Jane Austen’s World)


Time for another fascinating pin I found on Pinterest –

Grace Darling (24 November 1815 – 20 October 1842) was an English lighthouse keeper’s daughter, famed for participating in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838. Grace’s father, William was the keeper of the Longstone Lighthouse at Farne Islands. 

Gazing out of her bedroom window, Grace sighted the wreck, alerted her father and the two dashed into a rowboat and out to sea, rescuing eight people, nine others were later found in a lifeboat, but dozens more lost their lives. 

You can read the full story of the rescue and Grace’s legacy here.