|The only thing more massive than the Titanic itself was the tragedy of lives lost when it hit an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic. The ship's construction was the marvel of the day.|
At least one farrier went down with that very big ship.
As a third-class passenger, George may well have been locked below deck when the ship's crew received orders to seal the lower-paying passengers' fate. You hear so much about the Strausses and the Astors and other first-class passengers yet we know so little about those poor people belowdecks who met one of the worst fates imaginable.
They didn't have a chance of escape and possibly never even knew what hit the ship or what was going on above them.
Out of 599 third-class passengers, only 172 survived. And George wasn't among them.
|This old post card shows just one of Titanic's anchors being hauled from the foundry to the shipyard. It took a team of 20 horses to get it there.|
And did you know that it took 20 draft horses to pull one of Titanic's 15-ton anchors through Belfast to the shipyard on a wagon?
Were there horses aboard the Titanic? It depends whom you ask. Some sources say there were polo ponies aboard, and there's an unverified story about a German racehorse who had a private paddock on C deck.
Other people to think about include Charles Robert Bainbrigge, a 23-year-old horse trainer from the island of Guernsey who was traveling to Savage's International Stock Farm in Minnesota for work to be near his sister who had already moved to Minnesota.
There are also two passengers who listed their professionals as grooms.
Sometimes tragedies just sound like a lot of numbers, but there are people in those numbers. People like you and me.
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