Previously…

 There’s a bear in there 

Not seafaring felines but seafaring bearsNot all seafurrers were ships’ cats, says Able Sea-cat Bart, regaling readers with entertaining tales of the mischief, mayhem and misdeeds wrought by “honorary seafurrers” – in this case seafaring bears.   Read more

 

 Paper trail 

Sneaky rats the enemy of paper the world overShips’ cats discovered rodents are big paper fans when Sam Cunard’s Britannia carried the Royal Mail says Able Sea-cat Bart with the inside story on negotiations for an allowance for post office cats and a tale of mice and manuscripts.   Read more

 

 I taut I taw a puddy tat! 

A highly sought-after canaryAble Sea-cat Bart turns this tall tale of a seafaring feline and a shipment of canaries on its head as a reminder that friendship can be where you least expect it.   Read more

 

 Big cats on board 

A tiger tattoo - a memento of a really BIG ships' cat?Able Sea-cat Bart shares two tales of friendship, fun and frolics with tiger cubs on board as honorary ships’ cats. He also reveals the role model for William Blake’s “Tiger, tiger burning bright” …   Read more

 

 Friend or foe? 

Charles Darwin's study of emotions in animals - an angry ships' cat and a submissive sea dog.When ships’ cats met seadogs was it war or peace? Depends, says Able Sea-cat Bart sharing happy families snaps of shipboard life plus Matthew Flinder’s Trim being rather a troublemaker to prove he was the undisputed master of the dogs onboard. Read more

 

 Curiosity nearly killed the cat 

Able Sea-cat Bart highlights the problem of doors and hatches blocking essential patrolling activities in Curiosity Nearly Killed the Cat. Exploring and seeing what’s going on is what seafurrers do, he explains in a cautionary tale of seafaring felines, the sailors’ pest controllers, shipmates, mascots and pets.   Read more

 

 Purrlitzer Prize 

In Purrlitzer, Able Sea-cat Bart shares Alan Villiers’ story of the Joseph Conrad crew rowing to rescue the ship’s kitten that fell overboard. It’s a classic tale of the head-above-water courage of seafaring felines, the sailors’ pest controllers, shipmates, mascots and pets.   Read more

 

 Life’s ups & downs 

In Life’s Ups and Downs, Able Sea-cat Bart relates the story of Matthew Flinder’s Trim, the ship’s cat who found going aloft hard to resist. He found coming down more challenging as do all seafaring felines, the sailors’ pest controllers, shipmates, mascots and pets. But there were usually shipmates to assist.   Read more

 

 Daily bread 

In Daily Bread Able Sea-cat Bart shares the experience of a ship’s cat torpedoed during the Battle of the Atlantic who survived on hardtack (and flying fish). Relive this World War II tale of survival from the story curator of seafaring felines, the sailors’ pest controllers, shipmates, mascots and pets.   Read more

 

 Get me out of here! 

Get me out of here springs to mind on the deck of a sinking schooner. The US Coast Guard obliged hauling the ship’s cat and crew to safety in a breeches buoy reports Able Sea-cat Bart, story curator for seafaring felines, the sailors’ shipmates, mascots and pets.   Read more