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A cat’s-eye view of maritime history We remember the bold seafarers of yore—from Magellan to Shackleton—for their extraordinary exploits: new lands discovered, storms weathered, and battles won. But somehow history has neglected the stalwart, hardworking species who made it all possible . . . yes, the noble cat! In Seafurrers, able sea cat Bart sets the record straight at last. “Fear of water” aside, cats were indispensable at sea—both as pest controllers and as beloved mascots. Thirty–eight tales recount the adventures of Trim (who circumnavigated Australia), Tom (the sole feline survivor of the sinking of the USS Maine), celebrity cat Simon (a veteran of the Yangtze Incident), and other furry heroes. Filled with nautical trivia, rare photographs, and whimsical illustrations, this deft genealogy of human–feline friendship will stir your regard for the incomparable cat—whether on the couch or in the crow’s nest!
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Philippa Sandall is cocreator of the Seafurrers blog as well as coauthor of several books in the bestselling New Glucose Revolution series. She runs her own editorial consulting agency in New South Wales.Ad Long is the illustrator for Seafurrers.com and of the bestselling Australian history books Girt and True Girt, as well as author of the crime novel Too Greedy to Live. Both live in Australia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved reading this book. The author has provided a maritime history of Cats not just a cute cat book. The author has researched the cats who served on ships using journals, newspaper clippings and photographs. I was surprised at some of the information I learned. The book is divided into chapters that are loosely arranged chronologically but also has snippets of trivia and other information. The text is accompanied by cute illustrations and historical photographs. The book is a biography of particular cats but more of an overview of the role cats have played in Maritime history. These cats were members of the crew who did have jobs to do while aboard ship. Anyone with an interest in maritime history and cats will enjoy this book.