Lucky Pig Toy

A small, pink and brown pig toy with frayed pony skin covering which survived the Titanic.

Lucky Pig Toy (Which was on the Titanic), CC BY National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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    Teacher notes
    • This toy pig is one of the little known survivors of the Titanic. It belonged to Edith Rosenbaum (1879-1975) who brought it with her on the fateful voyage in 1912.

      The pig had been given to Edith by her mother after she had been involved in a road accident. Her mother hoped the little toy would help Edith to recover. Inside the pig there is a little music box which would have played a tune when you wound its tail.

      When the Titanic began to sink Edith was very scared and reluctant to evacuate the ship. In order to encourage her one of the sailors grabbed her pig toy out from under her arm and threw it into one of the life boats. Edith later said that
      'when they threw that pig, I knew it was my mother calling me.’

      Things to think about:
      • Why might Edith have been reluctant to get on the lifeboats?
      • Do you think Edith's mother really believed the pig would have helped her recover?
      • Do you know any other objects that relate to the Titanic?
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