Object: Cat - Ship's Cat

Image Credits

Cat (Felis catus), Anselmus Bo√ętius de Boodt, 1596 - 1610, wikimedia commons

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Description

 

Dutch trading ships, like trading ships since Viking times, had at least 1 and mostly 2 ship's cats that were in charge of killing vermin.   Rats and mice on board a ship can damage goods, chew on ropes, and therefore damage the rigging necessary to the function of the ship.

 

Read more here: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship%27s_cat#cite_note-9