Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Titanic: Did psychic cat foretell disaster?

The Thermos flask used to feed Titanic survivor baby, Barbara Dainton-West
The "unsinkable" four-funnelled ship the SS Titanic. Part of the White Star Line, Titanic sank off Newfoundland on her maiden voyage to the USA after striking an iceberg (14-15/4/1912). Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Long-lost film footage of the Titanic, showing the doomed ship moving slowly through Belfast Lough, has been discovered in the loft of a house in Glasgow.

Ship's cats were common on board great liners in the period, partly to keep down any vermin.

The Titanic apparently had her own feline mascot, a ship’s cat that stewardess Violet Jessop said was called Jenny. While the ship was being loaded at Southampton, Jenny presented her keepers with a litter of kittens. Versions of the fate of this new family vary.

According to one, they died when the Titanic went down. According to another report, when the ship docked at Southampton, Jenny calmly transported her kittens off the doomed ship, one by one, and left for a new life.

An Irish crewman who had been assigned to look after the cats took that as a bad omen and also left, claiming the cats had saved his life.

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