- Aug 29, 2000
A while back we had a thread on animals aboard Titanic from the canary to the Gamin de Pycombe dog. I seem to remember Eva Hart telling me about a French bulldog she petted, and of course who has not heard of Kitty Astor the Airdale and the Myth of Rigel the Newfoundland-which I would like to believe might have a grain of truth in it. These were all passenger pets, but I wonder if anyone else here has had a beloved pet with a Titanic name? One always, of course, runs the risk of offending someone who thinks it might be dreadful bad taste to call a mere animal after a human being, but I have had a menagerie of beloved pets over the past 30 years ranging from Murdoch the goat, Rigel the black lab, Mrs. Candee the glamorous rabbit, two Kitty Astors, Clinch and Archie(little ducks who sadly drowned),a great golden tiger cat who liked to smoke cigars named Archie Butt, a plucky tiny kitten named Carpathia (this suggested by Frank Aks)a magnificent white anglo-arab gelding called Jack Binns after the celebrated Republic wirelessman and the last of the line still around, Harold Bride a.k.a. "Sparks" who is 18 and very spry. I was always glad to know Clarence Moore's foxhounds were sent on another ship, and a few of Titanic's pets made it to the lifeboat mostly because they were so tiny and could fit in a muff or under a coat. Some accounts tell of J.J.'s beloved Airdale Kitty racing up and down the deck at the end, and standing by the rail with her master. Friday was a sad day for me, having to put down my best friend, one of Kitty Astor's pups, Percywags at age 13-he was a terrier too. I expect there must be many animal lovers out there who understand this-and I wondered if anyone had a similar menagerie. Here is funny old Archie Butt, born in a stable bucket. He had impeccable manners-and did indeed puff a cigar when he could get one!