Three Dogs Survived the Titanic

Titanic Dogs

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • ill-fated: doomed; unlucky
  • evacuate: to leave due to danger
  • capacity: the ability to safely hold a certain amount of people
  • undetected: not noticed
  • kennel: a confined place where animals are held
  • disembark: to get off a ship or plane

Three Dogs Survived the Titanic

It is a well-known fact that there weren’t enough for the passengers on the ill-fated Titanic. But did you know that three dogs were among the ? Two Pomeranians and one Pekingese dog evacuated safely onto the lifeboats. Some people would call this a crime, since over 1500 humans didn’t make it onto a lifeboat. The reality is that many of the lifeboats were not filled to capacity. Lifeboat 1 carried 12 people though it had a capacity for 40. In addition, these dogs were so that they didn’t take up any space and probably went undetected. About nine other dogs with the ship. These dogs were in the ship’s kennel. The captain’s dog normally with him, but his daughter had taken the animal off the ship before it set sail. There is also a rumour that a cat and her kittens disembarked at Southampton before the Titanic continued its journey towards New York.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is this reading mainly about?
  2. What does the reading say about Lifeboat 1?
  3. What rumour is mentioned at the end of the reading?

Discussion Question: Many stories have been told about the Titanic passengers. One is about a woman who refused to evacuate without her Great Dane. According to rumour, her body was found with her dog. Do you think this actually happened? Do you know someone who would sacrifice his or her own life for a pet?

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