(Re: Millet's comments) Yeah. Sounds like a personal problem to me. But then I'm an American woman, one of the scourge of the earth, apparently. Wish I had a pet lamb. I'd treat him really nice.
Sun Yatsen was a pekinese- then there were the French bulldogs of Eva Hart. I have a fox terrier named for Kitty Astor- who was actually an airdale- was attempting to post her picture here and I get the image format box but when I click on the little file-no cue to upload it-suggestions? Have read the formatting thing a zillion times!
Shelley, the bugs in the photo upload routines probably have poor Phil ready to see Dr. Jack "The Dripper" Kavorkian to end his suffering. He's been wrestling with it for months now with no end in sight. Perhaps you could load the photos on your own site.
G'Day Stephen; all I've ever heard of the ship's cat was that she left and took her kittens with her. As with many such stories, it's hard to tell whether there is anything to it. Being a cat person myself, I hope she didn't make the trip if she ever existed at all.
Shelley: Great pictures. I wish I had scanning ability, I'd send you a photo of me as Lizzie (from the play "Blood Relations")complete with red hair, jowls (sp?), and a sullen expression. Oh well, some day I'll join this technological century!
Michael: eeeeek! I've never heard there might have been a cat on board!!! I'm a cat lover too; I hope she existed AND wasn't aboard!
And to all you educated, well informed types out there, at the risk of being the village idiot (again!) what does Gamon (or Gamin) de Pycombe mean. Does is mean Gamon/Gamin from (of) Pycombe?? My French is very basic, but even my boss (who is French) doesn't know the meaning of the name. Any insites?
Gamin is a word which describes a pixyish or elfin quality- Audrey Hepburn was often called La Belle Gamin. Pycombe may refer to a region. That's my best guess but will dig around. The American Kennel Club website breed page may have something.
Kate- I saw Blood Relations back in 1992 in Fall River- we can have dueling Lizzie photos! I love it. Will be working at the HOUSE Saturday night. Have been dyeing my hair red getting ready for August and am making new costumes./ http://www.geocities.com/revdma2/Lizzie.html
Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic:
A Pomeranian owned by Miss Margaret Hays of New York, and a Pekinese owned by Henry Sleeper Harper of the publishing family, who boarded early lifeboats in the arms of their owners, and First Officer's large Newfoundland, "Rigel".
"Gamin de Pyecombe" was a Championship French Bulldog.
gamin (FR) = rascal / rogue
(gamine if it's feminine, having a different meaning: a girl with a saucy charm)
de = of
Pyecombe = A small town in Sussex, England.
"Gamin de Pyecombe" was the dog's registered pedigree. He was so named because either the sire OR the dam was of Champion pedigree of the same (last) name, meaning, bred and whelped in Pyecombe.
Just a small correction to Miriam's post. Murdoch did not have a dog aboard, and the legend of Rigel, the Newfoundland, continues to this day. I'm afraid Rigel is a myth.
Three dogs did survive - Margaret Hays' Pomeranian named "Lady", Henry Sleeper Harper's Pekinese named "Sun Yat-sen", and Elizabeth Rothschild's Pomeranian - name unknown. These three dogs survived largely due to their small size and because they went practically unnoticed in the lifeboats.
Thanks Mike. That sounds more like the info I've gleaned so far. I was surprised that a large dog (and a crew members' at that) survived and I hadn't heard of it! Those myths are dangerous. I keep tripping over them. Thanks for the clarification.