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Loss of hundreds of lives, sparing a dog

By Nancy Crawford


July 16, 2016
Saturday PM

Thank you for your writing on the loss of hundreds of lives on Princess Sophia. Their lives were not lost in vain as I am sure that this disaster gave many ideas to make ship travel safer.

Doing a search on the Intranet, I was trying to find out what actually happened to the sole survivor, a dog, who was a passenger on the Princess Sophie. I was questioning whether this dog that survived, could have been the dog that, years later, showed up in Juneau and would greet ships upon arriving at the wharf, even though the dog was deaf. This particular dog had a statue commemorating her, "Patsy Ann" in 1992, many years after her death.

In your writing, you note that the dog that survived the ship wreck of the Princess Sophia, did in fact live out his life always being afraid of water (so it is obvious that someone took care of this survivor). I was very happy to know that the dog that survived such tragedy and loss, lived out his life with someone and did not have to become a homeless stray like "Patsy Ann"!

Nancy Crawford
Goderich, Ontario, Canada

Received July 13, 2016 - Published July 16, 2016


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