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 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

 

 Spinning a yarn 

Spinning a yarn isn’t fake news, it’s a take-a-break equivalent to Grumpy Cat’s online antics. Sailors never let facts get in the way of a good story says Able Sea-cat Bart, tall tale curator of seafaring felines, the sailors’ pest controllers, shipmates, mascots and pets.   Read more

 

 Nelson’s floating menagerie 

Nelson’s floating menagerie made room for one more after Trafalgar, the cat rescued from the sinking Santissima Trinidad. Able Sea-cat Bart shares another tale of seafaring felines, the sailors’ pest controllers, shipmates, mascots and pets.   Read more

 

 Roll out the barrel 

Roll out the barrel with tales of one cat saved from shipwreck riding a barrel to another shooting over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Enjoy these stories says Able Sea-cat Bart of the seafaring felines, the sailors’ pest controllers, shipmates, mascots and pets.   Read more

 

 You’ve got mail 

You got un-nibbled mail in the early days, because post office cats and ship’s cats dealt with the roving rodents. A bit of practical history from Able Sea-cat Bart, story curator of seafaring felines, the sailors’ pest controllers, shipmates, mascots and pets.   Read more

 

 Great barrier grief 

HMS Pandora with the captured Bounty mutineers on board came to grief on Great Barrier Reef, but they rescued the ship’s cat from the sinking ship. It’s gripping shipping news says Able Sea-cat Bart, story curator of seafaring felines, the sailors’ pest controllers, shipmates, mascots and pets.   Read more

 

 Cats & canaries 

In this Disney-worthy cat and canaries classic, it took six men to keep ship’s cat out of a hold with 40,000 canaries. A shipping news tall tale reckons Able Sea-cat Bart, story curator of seafaring felines, the sailors’ pest controllers, shipmates, mascots and pets.   Read more

 

 Warming up 

Able Sea-cat Bart looks at a war-time photograph in Warming Up showing the ship’s cat on HMAS Australia tucked in a shipmate’s vest. Seafaring felines, the sailors’ pest controllers, shipmates, mascots and pets, always had to be ready to perch on a shoulder or sit on a hat for photo opportunities.   Read more