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Jenny The Titanic Cat

Discussion in 'Animals on the Titanic' started by Beverly J. Crowder, Aug 18, 2001.

  1. In reading Titanic Survivor, by John Maxtone-Graham, It was intersting to find out that the ships would carry a cat onboard.

    Jenny had presented the rest of the crew with a litter of kittens in April.

    This is the 1st I had ever heard of a cat onboard Titanic.

    Does anyone have any info on her??

    Thank you

  2. Hi Beverly,

    My understanding is that the mother cat carried her kittens off the Titanic at Southampton.

  3. Bob Cruise

    Bob Cruise Guest

    If you think about it, though, it makes sense.

    Back then, ships carried rats (even the luxury liners).

    A cat or two would make a perfect 'mate.
  4. Yes, very true, it made perfect sense to me, but I had never heard of Jenny until I read Violet's story.
    Lester, how did you hear about her???

    Thank you for your help Gentlemen

  5. George Behe

    George Behe Guest

    Beverly wrote:

    >I had never heard of Jenny until I read Violet's >story. Lester, how did you hear about her???

    Hi, Beverly!

    The story appeared in the Irish News Global Edition. A stoker named Mulholland worked on the Titanic from Belfast to Southampton but was 'influenced' not to continue his voyage when he saw the ship's cat carry each of her kittens down the gangplank onto the quay. He thought, "That cat knows something and has decided that the Titanic is no place for her or her family to spend their lives." According to Mulholland, he decided to follow the cat's example and left the ship himself.

    All my best,

  6. Hi Geoege,

    From the Mulholland story, which was in Pellegrino's: Ghosts of the Titanic. There the cat is simply called "Mouser". As regards Mulholland it is my understanding that he was only employed on the Belfast to Southampton Delivery Run; so he was going to disembark anyway.

  7. Dave Gittins

    Dave Gittins Member

    In the version I've seen, in the Irish Times, Mulholland was debating whether to stay with Titanic and get two weeks' work, or to sign on a tramp steamer and get a few months' work. The cat made up his mind.

    They say Guinness is good for you, especially for stimulating the imagination!
  8. Joshua Gulch

    Joshua Gulch Member

    I guess the cat didn't come back the very next day...

    No longer taking the feline species for granted.
  9. Joshua Gulch

    Joshua Gulch Member

  10. All,
    Thank you very much for the feedback and the link.
    I found it very interesting that not much was mentioned about Jenny other than what I had read in Violet's memoirs.

    George, do you know where I might be able to find a copy of the Irish News Global Edition?? I am finding pets at sea a very curious subject.

  11. George Behe

    George Behe Guest

    Hi, Beverly!

    I don't remember what Phil Hind's policy is on posting copyrighted material here on ET, so -- with your permission -- I'll send the text of the Irish Times article to you in a private email.

    All my best,

  12. Hi Beverly,
    If your finding pets at sea a curious subject you might also like to read some of the accounts of Ernest Shackleton's "Endurance" voyage to the Antarctic with all the references to a cat called "Mrs Chippy" which was brought on board by one of the crew. there has also been a book written about this cat simply called "Mrs Chippy"
    but I'm afraid I can't remember the publisher. Maybe someone else on the board knows about this one. Sadly when "Endurance" was crushed by the ice and the crew had to abandon her, poor "Mrs Chippy had to be destroyed by order from Shackleton - a fact that caused great resentment among some crew members.
  13. James,

    How heart breaking! I will probably cry when I read that book! And thank you for your help.

    I will have to check and see if I can find it.


    Got the article. Thank you so very much! I truely enjoyed it.

    My search continueth happy.gif

  14. Dave Gittins

    Dave Gittins Member

    Here are some sea-going pets for you, Beverley. More sad tales I'm afraid, as most came to a sad end.

    Trim, the cat on Matthew Flinders' Investigator. He's on the net and there's a statue of him in Sydney.

    Nicholson, the cat belonging to the English triple circumnavigators, Eric and Susan Hiscock. See Eric's several books.

    Joshua Slocum's goat on Spray. Pity the damn thing didn't drown!
  15. George Behe

    George Behe Guest

    Hi, Beverly!

    Glad you enjoyed the 'Titanic cat' article.

    I find it interesting that there are similar stories of "prescient" cats on board the Lusitania and Empress of Ireland. "Dowie," the Lusitania's cat, supposedly jumped ship on the night of April 30, 1915 (after having twice been rescued from jumping overboard.) A number of stokers were said to have heeded the cat's "warning" and deserted the Lusitania rather than sail on her the next morning.

    The Empress of Ireland's cat is said to have fled down the ship's gangway onto the dock just moments before the vessel was supposed to cast off on her fatal voyage. A steward pursued the cat and succeeded in catching her, but the cat fled the ship again the very moment she was placed on the deck. The Empress sailed without the cat (although in this case there wasn't enough time for any crewmen to heed this "omen" and follow her shoreward.)

    Don't really know why I'm posting this stuff other than to assemble these similar cases in one location.

    All my best,

  16. Hello George,

    I find it incredible how these pets KNEW to get off the ship. Do you know of anymore instances where pets know better than we do???

    Sometimes I don't think that we give our furry friends much credit, "dumb cat", "stupid dog"...etc.

    At least they know when it's time to go!!!

  17. George Behe

    George Behe Guest

    Beverly wrote:

    >Do you know of anymore instances where pets know better than we do???

    Hi, Beverly!

    Well, back in the days of my youth I used to continue playing baseball even though my dog got fed up watching me and went home to supper. :)

    I'm afraid I don't have any more ship-related stories of 'prescient' cats -- although I've occasionally thrown out the lighthearted suggestion that the restlessness of the Titanic's rats (really!) on April 13-14 suggests that the little blighters might have known something that nobody else did. :)

    (There's nothing like a warm, fuzzy rat story to make a person get all sentimental.) :)

    All my best,

  18. Joshua Gulch

    Joshua Gulch Member

    Do you know of anymore instances where pets know better than we do???
    Everyday in my house, it seems. They know how to work me.


  19. George wrote:

    There's nothing like a warm, fuzzy rat story to make a person get all sentimental.

    Hello George,

    LOL!!!You almost make them sound cuddly happy.gif Were the rats also restless, really??? Like I said before, I guess that we underestimate the critter world. Were ever did you dig up that piece of information??? Incredible!!

    Hello Josh,

    LOL! I can relate because I have 2 American Eskimos and also an Albino Ferret, and the Ferret runs the household. He teaches everyone else in the house HIS games and I think that my female Eskimo thinks that he is an Eskimo that won't grow happy.gif It is just to funny.


  20. Joshua Gulch

    Joshua Gulch Member

    "There's nothing like a warm, fuzzy rat story to make a person get all sentimental."
    Naturally! Remember The Secret of NIMH? ;-)

    We have two dogs, two cats, and two turtles. Everything's a pair now! I had a black-footed ferret once, named Nacho. He had the run of the house and made certain everyone knew it!