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April 24, 2009

Survival Of Teddy Bears Even During The Sinking Of The Titanic

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Teddy bears survived during the sinking of the Titanic! There were actually two teddy bears that survived the sinking of the Titanic, one was a man’s bear and the other was a child’s.  This just goes to show you that teddy bears will always be around and that everyone can love a bear.

The way teddy bear survived during the sinking of the titanic:

Believe it or not while everyone was fighting to stay alive and get to a raft a man was separated from his teddy bear.

Yes, Gaspare Luigi Gatti was a man and not a young boy. Mr. Gatti carried the teddy bear everywhere he went and you didn’t see him on the ship without it. He drowned, along with 1500 other voyagers.

Before getting on the ship this little teddy bear had already been through a journey. He’d survived the Blitz, the bombing of his own home in London and finally, he made it through the Titanic. This little teddy bear was seen floating in the water and retrieved, later it would be given back to Gaspare’s widow and she would in turn hand it over to a museum.

In 1992 Merry thought re-created this bear in honor of the 1912 the sinking of the Titanic, it was to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the ship.  Only 5000 of these bears were made, each one had yellow mohair and stood to be 8 inches tall.

But Gaspare wasn’t the only one with a teddy bear during the sinking of the titanic that day.  A little boy named Douglas who had brought along his teddy bear, “Polar” and his mom.  They all survived the sinking of the titanic; however Douglas would soon die by a fatal car accident.

After the death of her son, Daisy Corning Spedden wrote a picture book titled, “Polar the Titanic Bear Book.”  Daisy never did send this book out; in fact it was many decades later that her great grandnephew would find it hidden away inside her attic. The Steiff Company would make a reproduction of “Polar” of only 1000 bears.

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