I HAVE JUST READ JACK BELL’S ARTICLE on Mercantile Moggies in a recent issue of Sea Breezes and their inevitable locating of the most comfortable quarters on board.
It bought back a memory of an occurrence that happened on mv Dixcove, an Elder Dempster vessel on the USA/Canada – West African service in 1961.
We were following Owerri on the service and when we arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, a cat came onboard and made itself at home. It was quite obviously a well travelled cat and took a keen interest in all things nautical, especially on arrival days. A month or so later, on arriving at Apapa, as soon as the gangway was down, off the cat went and legged it down the quay to where Owerri was berthed. She had missed the ship at Halifax.
What beats me is how a cat could possibly recognise her own ship from a distance. I can understand that smells from the various elements of cargo would be similar as same company ships, but to recognise her own ships outline is quite phenomenal. There are many seafarers who cannot identify different classes of ship within a company.
ALAN G DEAN
“Dalkeith”, 6 Daryl Road
Heswall, Wirral, CH60 5RD