Hunting & Gathering

 Cats & canaries 

Guard for ship’s cat

New York Times 11 December 1906 — Some 40,000 canary birds from the Harz Mountains arrived here yesterday on the steamship Rhein, but the real story was in the troubles of Gretchen, the ship’s cat. It took six men to keep Gretchen out of that part of the ship where the songsters were caged.    Read more


 Winging it 

Cat catches fish

The Telegraph Brisbane Australia 28 December 1926 — “Believe it or not, this cat catches flying fish and provides a portion of the sailors’ diet,” said Mr Gustavo Green, chief officer of the Roosevelt Line steamer Cokesit to a representative of The Telegraph on Tuesday. The chief officer’s story was confirmed by Frank Brewer (second officer) and P. Simmons (third officer). They said that the cat sitting on the lower deck aft would reach up and seize a flying fish with its claws and mouth, then kill it by chewing its head, but save the body for the crew!    Read more


 Mysteries of the deep 

Dr Clarke’s fish story

San Francisco Call 9 August 1904 — “The liner Ventura on her outward voyage, when between this port and Honolulu, passed through a shower of squid, which delighted the ship’s cat and puzzled everybody else.    Read more